Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I am so excited to tell you that this year's U.P. Early Childhood Conference (UPECC) to be held on April 13 and 14, 2012 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan will be bringing Jeff A. Johnson and Rusty Keeler as the keynote speakers this year!!!! (Most of you know, I am on the conference board....)

Jeff A. Johnson, of Explorations Early Learning has been a huge inspiration to me and our childcare program for years. Jeff has a great webpage, blog, and quite a following through his Facebook page. He has written a number of great books, One of my favorite is:
Pure Genius!
I've never seen Jeff present, I have however watched a number of his youtube videos... 
I'm super excited to have him coming to our area to share his enthusiasm and creativity with all of us!
I really hope you can make it to the conference!

Jeff has also recently made some AMAZING posters! (There are more on his website)
I don't know how much "stuff" Jeff will be bringing to the conference, but my tip for you is... 
ORDER EARLY, you can hop on over to: Explorations Early Learning and visit the web shop!

AND..... Rusty Keeler from the Earth Play Network is also coming!!!!

Rusty is a HUGE advocate for outdoor natural play. 
He has traveled the world to help build and design natural playscapes. 
You can read Rusty's blog, visit the Earthplay website

Rusty also has an amazing book out on Natural Playscapes:
You can find all kinds of goodies over at his webstore too!!!!

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the conference!!!
We have a great line up of workshops in addition to the keynote speakers....
More information about the conference and registration can be found at:

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