2021 Canceled Due to COVID-19 MARCH 2-4, 2021

Improving upon the last Annual Conference’s near perfect evaluations- this event features opportunities for all with dynamic presentations in a great location:

Music Road Resort Inn

Pigeon Forge, TN


Jessica Peters

  Workshops: The Impact of Toxic Stress on Brain Part 1 The Impact of Toxic Stress on Brain Part 2 Understanding and Preventing Challenging Behavior Development Through Intentional PlaySome people are born to be educators—and there is no doubt that Jessica Peters...

Christina Parker

Co-Presenter ICF Tuesday, March 3rd 1:45 – 3:00  and 3:15 – 4:30 Workshop: What’s Our Story? Using PIR Data to Elevate the Conversation Regarding Head Start ServicesChristina has over 20 years of experience in organizational leadership, systems building, quality...

Calithea Steward

Calithea Steward ICF Tuesday, March 3rd 1:45 – 3:00  and 3:15 – 4:30 Workshop: What’s Our Story? Using PIR Data to Elevate the Conversation Regarding Head Start ServicesCalithea is a competent, innovative, team player with over 20 years in the field of Early Care and...

Tammy Jelinek

Tammy T. Jelinek, MBA - Partner / Wipfli LLP Wednesday, March 4th 8:30 - 10:00 Eligibility and Recruitment (Part A) 10:15 - 11:45 Eligibility and Recruitment (Part B) 1:45 - 3:00 Generations Working Together 3:15 - 4:30 Having Hard Conversations Tammy Jelinek has...

Holly Elissa Bruno 

Holly Elissa Bruno Closing Ceremony Speaker March 5th, 2020 8:30 - 11:30 am ET   Keynote TopicIt’s not a mistake if I learn from it:The art and science of transforming shamed reaction into hopeful action    Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, is an award...

Megan Barry

Megan Barry Lunch Speaker Tuesday March 3rd,Megan Barry is the former Mayor of Nashville, TN. She was the first woman to be elected to the office. She is also a former council member at-large. Her professional experience includes working as a corporate executive,...

Dr Calvin Moore

Dr. Calvin Moore Opening Ceremony Speaker March 3rd, 2020 - 8:30 am ETSince 2015 Dr. Moore has been a Senior Technical Analyst for ICF International, a federal contractor for the Office of Child Care in Washington, DC. He was previously the Child Care Administrator...

Divalyn Gordon

Divalyn Gordon Divalyn L. Gordon is the new Executive Director of Early Childhood Programs, she has spent over two decades in pre-K–12 public education. During her tenure as a classroom teacher she was one of the first Pre-K classroom educators under the Tennessee...

Victoria Finch

Victoria Finch Victoria Finch will present with Kelli Celsor. Victoria is the Early Childhood Program Coordinator at Tennessee Voices and is a Nashville native. Previously, she was an Assistant English teacher in Nashville, and before that, she spent a year teaching...

Kelli Celsor

Kelli Celsor Kelli Celsor is the Early Childhood Program Manager at Tennessee Voices. Prior to her time at TVC she worked in a variety of early childhood settings before pursuing her M.Ed. in Child Studies and Empirical Research from Vanderbilt University. She has a...

A Special Message from Kevin Carnes Speaker at the 2020 Conference

Kevin Carnes

Kevin Carnes, President of Lakeshore Learning Materials, has been with Lakeshore for over 35 years, beginning in Northern California when Lakeshore was strictly a regional, California-based company.

Kevin has been actively involved in helping Lakeshore expand nationwide, and in promoting the company’s unique brand to educators around the world. He is also a Head Start advocate and is well known as a keynoter on leadership, branding and the use of social media.




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