WAEYC Conference
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Thursday Plenary Sessions - 12:30pm-1:45pm

Plenary01: Over-Sexualized Childhood: How We Got Here, the Impact on Kids and What to Do About it!, presented by Amy Lang, Birds & Bees & Kids

In this class you will discover how childhood became so “sexy”, who’s to blame (it’s not parents!), the impact on children and how you can reduce the harm this can cause. You’ll learn how to identify truly sexualized behavior, how to correct children’s behavior in a manner that doesn’t shame a child and how our sex-crazed culture is negatively impacting healthy child development.
Amy is a nationally known sexuality educator, speaker and author. She helps ECE professionals discover talking to kids about sexuality, their bodies and safety doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Her engaging, humorous and inspiring style shows adults how to turn conversations and situations they dread into something they can handle like a pro. Though her business, Birds + Bees + Kids® Amy helps adults of all beliefs have easy, open and effective conversations about sexuality, love and relationships with children.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Plenary02: Infant and Toddler Sleep, presented by Monica Oxford, University of Washington

Sleep regulation is one of the most challenging aspects of providing care to infants and toddlers. In this workshop you will learn the fundamental biological systems that drive sleep process and how these processes change over time. You will learn about the different states of consciousness in children and how to capitalize on these states and work with the child’s biological clock. You will also learn how care providers can support infant and toddler regulation to promote the transition to sleep.
Monica is a Research Professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing and the Executive Director of NCAST Programs. Dr. Oxford’s research focuses on early parenting and child developmental outcomes for vulnerable families living in challenging environments.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

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Plenary03: Music, Movement and Learning, presented by Mike Longoria

Music and movement experiences during the early years is necessary for their developing brains. Songs and movement are ‘brilliant neurological exercises’ vital to intellectual development. Furthermore, this multi-sensory experience will develop literacy skills as well as number knowledge and understanding. Finally, integrating music and movement makes learning fun and meets the needs of ALL children.
Mike Longoria, a.k.a. Dr. Mike!, has a Ph.D. in early childhood education and has over 24 years of early childhood experience in the capacity as a Pre-K, kindergarten, and special education teacher, Head Start administrator, University professor, independent consultant, curriculum developer, and recording artist. Dr. Mike’s passion, knowledge, and innovative approach to early childhood education makes learning what it should be…fun and exciting.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Thursday Networking Lunch: Participants who do not wish to attend a plenary session can participate in the informal gathering to meet and network with other professionals. Continuing Education Credit is NOT available for participation in this option.