Crucial Early Years Institute

Innovative education... Engaged educators

When:Next date to be determined
Where: J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL
Fee:See 'Registration' tab below

Designed to meet the needs of teachers, child care providers, parents as teachers, administrators, social workers, early childhood students in teacher education, and parents of young children. We trust your Institute experience will be professionally rewarding.

A variety of workshops are scheduled on a wide range of topics, including keynote and featured speaker presentations, 60-minute sessions, and 90-minute sessions. A box lunch is included in the registration fee.

Missouri and Illinois early childhood educators earn 6 approved clock hours from DHSS (MO) and DCFS (IL) towards your annual requirement.

Conferences

Contact Program Manager:

Brenda Shannon Simms

203 Ed Administration Bldg (EAB)
p: (314) 516-5656
e: Brenda_Simms@umsl.edu

Certifications:
DCFS/IL Clock Hours
This program has been approved for Illinois DCFS (licensing) annual clock-hour training requirement. The UMSL Certificate of Attendance that is initialed by UMSL staff will serve as verification of attendance for approved annual clock-hours.
DESE Continuing Education Units (CEU)
DESE requires all teachers to satisfy annual professional development requirements until exempt. This program will contribute to that requirement. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as 10 hours of classroom instruction. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance with CEUs after the Institute.
DHSS/MO OPEN Initiative Clock Hours
This program has been approved for the DHSS (licensing) annual clock-hour training requirement. UMSL will submit the attendance sheets to MO OPEN Inititive to record clock-hours to your MOPD ID. The OPEN Initiative links professionals to the greater professional development system in Missouri.

Fees:

  • $64 Early bird registration, per person, by October 3
  • $69 online and mail-in registration, per person, October 4-16
  • $89 at the door on October 17, if space is available

We encourage individuals to register online as confirmation is sent out electronically. Groups of teachers from the same institution and paying with one check, credit card or PO must register by mail. Please complete the registration form downloadable from the link below.

To better serve you, enrollments are limited. Once capacity is reached, we will not be able to accept further registrations, even if it is reached before October 3, 2015.

Registration Procedures

  • MOPD ID # and valid email are required for all Licensed Early Childhood and Day Care Center Staff in Missouri (www.mopdid.org) to receive DHSS approved clock hours
  • The UMSL Certificate of Attendance serves as documentation for Licensed Early Childhood and Day Care Center Staff in Illinois to receive DCFS approved clock hours.
  • A valid email address must be provided. This is is where confirmation, map, receipt and Institute information letter and program (pdf) will be sent.

Registration Online | Register By Mail or Fax

For more information, please call (314) 516-5656.

Note: It is not necessary to register for, or identify, the individual workshop sessions you will be attending. Simply register for the Institute and you will receive a finalized Schedule of Workshops on arrival.

Cancellation, Withdrawal, and Refund:

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded or applied to a future program at your request. A cancellation processing fee will apply if you cancel within two weeks of the Institute. If you must cancel a registration, please call NonCredit Registration Services at (314) 516-5961 by October 3, 2015, to guarantee a full refund.

Continuing Education Units:

One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as 10 hours of classroom instruction. Up to 0.6 CEUs will be awarded for participation in this year’s Crucial Early Years® Institute. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance with CEUs after the Institute.

DHSS/MO Open Clock Hours:

A MOPD ID is required when you register for the Crucial Early Year’s Institute. You can obtain your MOPD ID by going to www.mopdid.org. The Crucial Early Years Institute has been approved for the DHSS (licensing) annual clock-hour training requirement. UMSL will submit the attendance sheets to MO Open Initiative to record clock-hours to your MOPDID.

DCFS/IL Clock Hours:

The Crucial Early Years Institute has been approved for Illinois DCFS (licensing) annual clock-hour training requirement. The UMSL Certificate of Attendance that is initialed by UMSL staff will serve as verification of attendance for approved annual clock-hours. 

More information will be provided in the brochure and at the conference.

New Format for Crucial Early Years Institute

As a result of evaluation results, we have changed the format of the sessions. We feel these changes will accommodate both the presenters’ and attendee’s needs better while still providing 6 clock hours for attending the Institute. The Keynote and Featured Speakers will present once each at different times. The 2-hour sessions are changed to 90-minute sessions. We are now offering 3 different times for 60-minute sessions.

7:30-8:00 AM
Check-in
8:00-9:00 AM
60-minute breakout sessions
9:15-10:45 AM
Keynote Speaker
90-minute
Breakout sessions
10:45-11:15 AM
Grab and Go Lunch snack and Exhibitors
11:15-12:45 PM
Featured Speaker
90-minute
Breakout sessions
1:00-2:00 PM
60-minute breakout sessions
2:15-3:15 PM
60-minute breakout sessions

Click 'Documents' tab to view detailed topics and speakers

Slide 1 Crucial Early Years 2011 Institute participants engaged in activity with the keynote speaker.
Slide 2 Crucial Early Years 2014 Institute Marion Wilson Lecture keynote speaker, Peggy North-Jones.
Slide 3 Crucial Early Year speaker addressing Early Childhood Literacy.
Slide 4 Crucial Early Years 2014 Institute Marion Wilson Lecture keynote speaker, Peggy North-Jones.
Slide 5 Crucial Early Years 2014 Institute Puricelli Memorial Lecture keynote speaker, Richard Cohen, utilizes conference participants during his presentation.