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We are excited for our upcoming 10th Annual Childhood Conversations Conference! You won't want to miss this event ... mark your calendars for April 2, 2016! Registration is now open!

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AGENDA: Saturday, April 2, 2016


8:00 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast, Vendors

8:30 a.m. – Welcome /  Opening Remarks (Senator Beth Bye)

9:00 a.m. –  Morning Keynote: Whatever Happened To, “Go outside and play?” – Replacing Screen Time with Green Time (Scott Noyes)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – A Workshops



11:45 p.m. – Lunch, Networking, Vendors

Lunchtime entertainment:
Josh and the Jamtones


1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – B Workshops

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – C Workshops


“It takes a village to raise a child.” — African proverb

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Ann M. Sullivan, M.S.

Director and Owner of bepresent4life

Ann M. Sullivan, M.S., Director and Owner of bepresent4life, provides professional development programming in the areas of stress reduction and self-care for teachers, parents, students, child care staff, and administrators.  Ann is certified to teach both regular and special education students, and has spent the past 24 years working with children from 2 to 6…

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Tracy Cheney

Education Consultant

Tracy Cheney is a wife and mother of one sixteen year old daughter and three step-children, ranging in age from twenty to twenty-six.  She is Vice President of Dr. Day Care Family, Inc. and is a professional consultant who has been in the field of early childhood education and school age care for the past…

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Barbara V. Vita, M.Ed

Director of Alfred E. Burr Community School

Barbara V. Vita, M.Ed has over 15 years of experience teaching children and working directly with parents to provide strategies and supports that have improved their parenting skills by encouraging them to believe that they are their child’s first love, and best teacher. In addition to being a certified English teacher for middle and high…

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Ann Shapiro

Executive Director

Ann Shapiro is the executive director of the Connecticut Storytelling Center in residence at Connecticut College in New London.  She is a recipient of the Oracle Award for leadership in the Northeast from the National Storytelling Network, the Barbara Reed Award for distinguished and outstanding service to the Connecticut storytelling community, the Brother Blue Award…

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Peg Donovan

Preschool Program Manager  

Peg Donovan has worked at the CT Storytelling Center for over 10 and is now the preschool program manager overseeing residencies in Norwich, New London, and Middletown, as well as doing workshops and writing grants. “Ms Peg” has been telling stories in the preschool and elementary school setting for over 18 years.  Her books, stories and…

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