2022 Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference

2022 Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference

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Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with peers, meet community leaders, and help the children, families, and businesses in your local community thrive!

Register now to attend the fifth annual Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference on Monday, Sept. 19 in Kearney, Neb., with community leaders and elected officials from education, economic development, child care, business, government, health care, higher education, philanthropy, and more.

This year’s conference will return to an in-person format and bring together community leaders to continue building momentum around quality early childhood education and its connection to economic development and community vitality. Community members and experts will discuss challenges, share success stories, learn from each other, and highlight the importance of implementing high-quality birth to Grade 3 care and education.

  • Keynote speakers include Dana Suskind, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Parent Nation and co-director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, and Barry Ford, J.D., president and CEO of Council for a Strong America.
  • Community leaders will be featured in a general session panel that highlights local efforts and challenges and connects their work with the recently launched We Care for Kids statewide campaign.
  • Breakout sessions will focus on early childhood workforce recruitment and retention, collaboration with economic development and business partners, community-school and other interlocal partnerships, effectively communicating with elected officials, and much more.

The full conference is available to in-person attendees and includes all general and breakout sessions as well as lunch and two conference receptions. Keynote sessions will be livestreamed for individuals unable to attend in person, but still requires conference registration.

The Thriving Children, Families, and Communities Conference is free to attend; there is no registration fee.


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09/19/2022 @ 08:30 AM (CDT)

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