Below is a list of some of the businesses and organizations supporting this year’s conference.  As organizations sign up, they will continue to be added here. 
To learn more about each organization, please click on their image.

Connecticut Children’s Collective celebrates #WOYC21 Video

Connecting youth and communities, one experience in nature at a time. We’re excited to be back at Childhood Conversations and will be featuring our youth leadership and community building programs, and nature immersion workshops. We invite you to check out our virtual and in-person program offerings as well as our in-development curriculum, eko-STEAM. This helps connect children to Next Generation Science Standards, social emotional learning, experiential peacebuilding, and nature conservation. We can also discuss our professional development options!

The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission “to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children” by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance use treatment and support services for children, adults and families in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut region.

Creative Interventions, LLC is an agency dedicated to improving the lives of individuals. We began servicing children and families, in home, community, clinic and school based settings in 2004. CI started providing services to a small number of families in the Greater Hartford area. We quickly recognized the need to expand our reach to families.

The Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children (CTAEYC) is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). CTAEYC and NAEYC are dedicated to improving the lives of young children and their families by focusing on empowering the professionals that work with them.

From mealtime, to playtime, to story time, children have lots of opportunities each day to learn and practice healthy habits. Go NAPSACC is a trusted online quality improvement tool that helps child care programs support children’s healthy eating and physical activity. Go NAPSACC provides easy-to-use online tools and an online library of helpful videos, training opportunities, activities, and newsletters. Programs like yours have used Go NAPSACC to improve their menus, add more play into their daily schedules, develop health policies, and educate families about healthy eating and active play. Enrolled programs will receive dedicated support from a technical assistance consultant and a variety of resources, valued at $150 per site, to help support implementation! Available to all licensed and licensed exempt child care providers at no cost!

Ella’s Way is creating kinder communities!  Ella’s Way provides diversity awareness enrichment programs to elementary schools. Using our specialty children’s books and interactive classroom presentations, we assist teachers in creating conversations in diversity and disability awareness, acceptance and inclusion. ELLA is an acronym for Early Learning Leads to Acceptance (E.L.L.A.). Our enrichment programs are sensitive and age appropriate for kindergarten and first grade classrooms, ending with each participant taking a pledge of kindness to be an ELLA All-Star friend, thereby embracing each other’s unique differences. Over 20,000 children have taken the ELLA pledge and the Ella’s Way mission of kindness is spreading nationally!

UConn KIDS stands for Kids in Developmental Science. We are a group of researchers from across many departments at the University of Connecticut that specialize in child behavior and development. A key element to UConn KIDS is the maintenance of our contact database, which eases the difficulties of participant recruitment for our researchers. The Child Research Recruitment Coordinator for UConn KIDS manages this contact database, which houses information from families who indicated interest in participating in research. Joining UConn KIDS simply puts your contact information into our contact database (and is not a commitment to participating in a study). Joining allows parents to be contacted about studies that their children are eligible for. Parents may also express interest for specific studies once they join. As always, when contacted, parents can choose whether or not they want their child to participate. Many researchers offer flexible scheduling such as evening or weekend appointments, and parents can remain with their child at all times. Any family or parent with children can join the contact database at any time! Visit to sign up!

For more than 50 years, Kaplan Early Learning Company has been a champion for play. From our research-based curricula to enriching classroom environments and innovative technology solutions, Kaplan’s products and services inspire a lifelong love of learning in children and educators. We are architects of learning environments and defenders of the imagination. We live for inseparable bonds and open minds. We encourage the eager and inspire the inspirers. We transform lives through play…

Usborne Books & More, a division of Educational Development Corporation, offers exciting, engaging, educational books for all ages and interests from two of the top children’s book publishers: Usborne Books and Kane Miller. These high-quality, affordable books and activities are innovative, beautifully illustrated, and FUN! The selection of over 1,800 titles covers a wide variety of subjects through activity books, fiction chapter book series, internet-linked encyclopedias, creative non-fiction books, award winning multicultural picture books, and more!

Looking for books, literacy services, and fundraisers for your family, school, organization, or business? Usborne Books & More offers a variety of programs that provide FREE books and/or cash! Host a book fair (virtual or in-person), offer a reading incentive program, partake in a greeting card fundraiser, or take advantage of the 50% more grant-matching program. Families and educators alike are in love with the benefits provided through our various programs and products. Contact me today to discuss the best way to get the books children LOVE to read onto your shelves!

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