Governor’s Symposium

on Early Childhood

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Join us in October at the Wichita Hyatt for the Governor’s Symposium on Early Childhood.

This significant full-day event will bring together policy-makers, businesses, parents, professionals, and other stakeholders in early childhood programs and services for discussion and sharing.

Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly, will be the opening speaker, and will share her vision for a robust early childhood system, responsive to the needs of all Kansans.  

In addition to highlighting key findings from a recent statewide needs assessment and strategic planning effort, the Symposium will showcase emerging themes and patterns for working together to ensure every Kansas child has the best start in life.

Join us!

October 7, 2019

Wichita, KS
Hyatt Regency

Details of the Day...

The Governor’s Symposium on Early Childhood will begin with registration, breakfast, and networking at 8:00AM, and will conclude at 6:00PM. Printable version of the agenda.

AGENDA
8:00 – 9:00am             Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
9:00 – 9:15am             Welcome Remarks by Governor Laura Kelly
9:15 – 11:30am           Opening Session – Needs Assessment and

Strategic Plan Frame
11:30 – 12:00pm         Networking

12:00 – 1:00pm           Lunch Buffet

1:00 – 1:15pm             Break

1:15 – 2:15pm             Panel Discussion – Public-Private Partnerships

2:15 – 2:30pm             Break

2:30 – 4:00pm             Afternoon Workshops

4:00 – 4:30pm             Break, Networking, and Afternoon Appetizers

4:30 – 5:30pm             Panel Discussion Moderated by Ed O’Malley, Kansas Leadership Center and featuring Secretary Laura Howard, Secretary Lee Norman, M.D., and Commissioner Randy Watson

5:30 – 6:00pm             Closing Remarks

Travel and Lodging...

All events for the Governor’s Symposium on Early Childhood will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

Accommodations: Rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency and Fairfield Inn & Suites (limited rooms based on hotel capacity)

Sleeping rooms at the Hyatt Regency will be available at the group rate of $139.00 for single/double occupancy and $164.00 for triple/quad occupancy, plus applicable taxes (currently 16.25%). Reservations can be made online. In addition, guests can also book their reservations by calling the Group Reservations Team at 800-233-1234. You will need to make sure to reference the “Kansas Health Foundation” room block and the stay dates when making your reservation to ensure that you will receive the group rate.  

Sleeping rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites (525 S. Main Street, Wichita, KS 67202 – .3 miles from the Hyatt, a 6 minute walk) are available at the group rate of $119.00 for single/double occupancy (double/queen/king), plus applicable taxes.  Reservations can be made online.  In addition, guests can also book their reservations by contacting Amy in Sales at 316-361-2100.  You will need to reference the “Kansas Health Foundation” room block and the stay dates when making your reservation to ensure that you will receive the group rate.  

Parent Engagement Assistance:

Stipends are available to support parent attendance and engagement through organizational partners.  If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Lindsay Orion (lindsayorion@ku.edu).

Questions?  Contact Lindsay Orion (lindsayorion@ku.edu)

FAQ...

Cost:

There is no cost to attend the Symposium, and all meals (including breakfast, lunch, and afternoon reception) will be provided.  Vegetarian and gluten free food options included with each meal.  Overnight accommodations are not included.

Parent Engagement Assistance:

Stipends are available to support parent attendance and engagement through organizational partners.  If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Lindsay Orion (lindsayorion@ku.edu).

Lactation Room:

The Aerie Room, located near the main lobby, has been reserved for lactation.  The key to this private space will be available for checkout at the Symposium registration table.  The Aerie room includes a table, chairs, napkins, water, and an electrical outlet.

 

Questions?  Contact Lindsay Orion (lindsayorion@ku.edu)

Funds for this project are provided through the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five 90TP0016-01-00 ($4,482,305) was awarded to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Click here to view the state’s grant application materials. The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, the Kansas Department for Children and Families, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are leading this work with KSDE. This information or content and conclusions should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HHS, ACF, or the U.S. Government. Any food or refreshments are not paid for by federal funds.