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Downtown hosts conference on early childhood education

March 29, 2016
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MiAEYC annual conference
The annual conference of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children draws thousands of educators. Photo via

Thousands of early childhood educators from throughout the state will converge downtown this week to learn about emerging best practices in their field.

The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, or MiAEYC, will host its annual conference this Thursday through Saturday in Grand Rapids at DeVos Place and Amway Grand Plaza.

More than 2,200 early childhood educators will be updated on current research, learn new teaching strategies and techniques and help promote high-quality early learning for young children, from birth through eight years old.

MiAEYC will offer more than 65 daily workshops on topics such as classroom management, new reading and language techniques for early learners, early childhood brain development, observation and guidance.

More than 50 vendors will exhibit at DeVos Place with a variety of early learning materials, information and resources for attendees.

The exhibit hall is open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A Student Networking Center at Amway Grand Plaza will give college students the opportunity to connect with faculty and MiAEYC leaders throughout the conference.

Erica Willard, MiAEYC executive director, said the annual conference is an important gathering of “diverse and dynamic” early childhood professionals.

Willard said that the educators gather to support their “daily work on behalf of Michigan’s young children and their families.”

About 3,000 early childhood educators and suppliers of children's services belong to MiAEYC through 17 affiliate chapters.

A copy of the conference's preliminary program is available online.

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