Building for the Future Conference

Saturday, March 13
9am – 5pm on Zoom

Registration is required.

This FREE virtual conference will offer insight and education on youth trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and coping mechanisms related to COVID-19. It features four presentations, with a collaborative lunch hour highlighting community programs and resources.

The conference is geared toward those who work or live with young children. 6 STARS/MERIT hours available. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please reach out to Troi Gale at

Olympic Peninsula Chapter (OPC) of the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC)The 26th Annual Building for the Future Conference is presented by the Olympic Peninsula Chapter (OPC) of the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC), in partnership with the North Olympic Library System.

Conference Schedule: Download Here

9:00am – 9:10am: Welcome

9:10-10:10: Speaker #1 Connie Dougherty 1hr
Attachment and Attunement in Early Learning
The first three years of life form the blueprint for how children will balance the need to be independent with the need to be connected to others for the rest of their lives. Attachment bonds with teachers can support and complement family bonds when early learning professionals are attuned to the children in their care and intentional in their practices. Attunement requires that we remain calm, fully present, and responsive. This presentation will explore how we can do that, regardless of ratio, group size, and other challenges.

10:10-12:10: Speaker #2 Jennifer Lu’Becke 2hr
Picture Books + Yoga = Resiliency Tools
Yoga and mindfulness practice teaches children how to use their bodies and minds together and reduce stress. Incorporating the practice into picture books and circle time helps children develop resiliency tools. During this workshop learn simple yoga poses, songs, rhymes, and breathing techniques, along with a list of picture books.

12:10-1:20: Lunch/ Community Programs
First Step Family Support, Prevention Works, Clallam County Resilience Project, NOLS, OLYCAP, Peninsula College

1:20- 2:50: Speaker #3 Christiana DeVoney 1.5 hr
Purposeful Interactions and Planning
Children come to childcare with varying levels of adverse experiences. Childcare providers who are trauma informed, practice radical acceptance, and are purposeful in lesson plans, can moderate the impact of adverse childhood experiences. Childcare providers are often the most consistent presence in a young child’s life and may be the most influential.

3:00-4:30: Speaker #4 Anna King 1.5 hr
Advancing Equity in Education
Explore fundamental principles of fairness and justice, and work to eliminate structural inequalities that lim-it equitable learning opportunities. Examine teaching practices that use inclusive teaching approaches, demonstrate respect for diversity and value all children’s strengths.

4:30-4:40: Closing and Evaluation