Governor’s Symposium

on Early Childhood

This page is archived information. The symposium was held on October 7, 2019. Visit the journey page for highlights of the day.

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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.

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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 Keynote featuring Rhian Evans Allvin,                                         CEO of the National Association for the                                                   Education of Young Children.
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-See Topics
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., Secretary David Toland 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...

Wait List:

Those currently on the waitlist to attend the Symposium in person will be notified by end of day on Mondsay, September 30 if a space becomes available.  There are still a limited number of spaces available for virtual participation as well.

 Afternoon Workshops:

The Symposium will feature 7 concurrent workshops in the afternoon to dive deeper into a range of topics such as supporting the ECCE workforce, building a family-friendly workplace, and elevating the parent voice at all levels.  Participants will be contacted by email and asked to identify their top two preferences.  Virtual participants will attend the workshop in our main ballroom.

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)

••• SPONSORED BY •••

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.