Just back from a wonderful conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort, MO. It was amazing to be a part the annual Conference on the Young Years sponsored by the MO Department of Education, Early Childhood Division.

The conference was well planned, included important topics, and provided a beautiful environment for learning. Over 1,000 early childhood educators braved the very cold weather to attend this professional development meeting.

My dear friend Rae Pica warmed them up with her preconference keynote. The next day, the teachers were ready to participate with my Keynote “Putting the Pieces Back Together: Inspiring the Whole Child for Today’s World”.

The enthusiastic early childhood teachers waved their hands, sang songs, and snapped their fingers as we joyfully celebrated young children. The best part of the experience was meeting the hard working and delightfully creative people who work with young children every day.

I am thankful that I was able to hear your stories and learn about the amazing capabilities of the children who you work with in MO. Keep up the great work!

Rebecca