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Join Iowa AEYC for the 2023 Early Learning Fall Institute!

Please join us for the 2023 Early Learning Fall Institute on October 6-7 with pre-institute session on October 5. The Fall Institute brings together early childhood professionals from across the state for a unique professional development opportunity. We invite you to join us as we network, share and learn together.

Registration Information

Registration link: https://FallInstitute_23.eventbrite.com

October 6 – October 7, 2023 (8:15 – 4:30)

Registration Check In

October 6 – 7, 2023 – 7:00 am – 8:00 am


Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel | 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009

Early Bird Deadline:

August 31 at 11:59 pm

Registration deadline:

September 25 at 11:59 pm

Lunch is included in registration fees.
Hotel Information:

A block of hotel rooms have been reserved at Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel. Group rates are $122/night plus taxes and valid until September 5, 2022.

Step 1: Click here to reserve a room

Step 2: Enter in Group Code: IAEYC23

Step 3: Enter in Password: 863004916

Pre-Institute Workshop- October 5th 8:30 am-4:00 pm

To earn teacher renewal credit through AEA you will need to register for and attend the Pre-Institute workshop along with the three follow-up sessions. To earn HHS credit through I-PoWeR, you can register for and attend the pre-institute workshop or the complete course with three follow-up workshops as well

Special Appearance by Judy Harris Helm

Judy Harris Helm assists early childhood programs in integrating research through writing, consulting and training. She began teaching first grade and then, after completing her doctorate,  returned to the classroom as Lead Teacher of four-year-old’s. Dr. Helm taught, directed, and designed early childhood and primary programs and taught at the community college, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Most recently, she studied Mind Brain Education at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities.  She is the past state president of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children. Among the nine books she has authored, coauthored, or edited are Growing Child Intellect: The Manifesto for Engaged Learning; Becoming Young Thinkers: Deep Project Work in the Classroom;  and Young Investigators: The Project Approach in the Early Years.  All books are published by Teachers College Press, with a number co-published with NAEYC.

Workshop Selections

Attendees will select the workshops they will attend at the time of registration. You can download the workshop booklet below to read the descriptions of the workshops that will be offered at the Fall Institute. If you are registering multiple people you can download the guide below to help organize each attendee’s selections.

Membership Rates

Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel, refunds can be made if cancellation notice is received via email to jonni@iowaaeyc.org by September 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm. After September 25 absolutely no refunds can be given and all registered attendees must pay registration fees.

Iowa AEYC Member Registration Instructions

To unlock your discounted member rate, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Click here to open the registration site: https://FallInstitute_23.eventbrite.com

Step 2: Click the orange Register button

Step 3: Click Enter promo code (in blue writing, above the ticket options)

Step 4: Type in your email address associated with your membership (your email address is your promo code)

Step 5: Click Apply. This will unlock your member rate

Please note – members may only complete ONE registration at a time. If you are registering a large group with multiple members please email events@iowaaeyc.org for assistance.

If you recently joined NAEYC or renewed your membership, please wait one business day to register for us to process your membership into our system.

Friday Keynote Speaker – Holly Elissa Bruno

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Holly Elissa Bruno will guide us in exploring Happiness is running through the streets to find you even during a pandemic. When the world flips upside down, children need stable, unflappable adults to reassure them all is well. But who reassures us adults? Traumatic times bring out our worst and our best. Let’s together identify HOPEFUL everyday leadership practices to serve as our lighthouse during this pandemic storm.

Saturday Keynote Speaker – Jason Kotecki

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Join artist Jason Kotecki, author of “A Chance of Awesome: How Changing the Way You See Changes Everything” as he inspires us to live a rich and balanced life, amidst the busyness. Learn how to become more productive by turning stress into laughter and having more fun every day. A refreshing, positive and upbeat Saturday morning keynote.

I-PoWeR(HHS Child Care Training Registry)

If you are a participant in the HHS Workforce Registry please make sure to click here to enroll through I-PoWeR by September 25 so Iowa AEYC can process your enrollment for each session of the Institute you attend.

If you are also attending the pre-institute session, click here to enroll.

The Training Registry offers an online listing of HHS approved professional development opportunities throughout the state. It is a great way to track your training completion. If you do not currently have an account, click here. For more information or assistance, please email info@iowaaeyc.org.

You will need to sign in at each workshop if you would like to receive training credit. All sessions will earn HHS training credit. 6.0 credit hours are available each day.

Graduate Credit and License Renewal Credit Option

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Northwestern College is offering one license renewal credit or one graduate credit to licensed teachers who attend the Fall Institute and complete required follow up activities. One License Renewal Credit $35 | One Graduate Credit $150. To be eligible for the credit you must:

Step 1: Pre-register online before the institute or register at the Northwestern College exhibit table Friday morning before the first session begins;

Step 2: Attend the Institute all day both Friday and Saturday;

Step 3: Meet with a Northwestern professor over the lunch hour both days of the Institute;

Step 4: Following the Institute, those completing a graduate credit must complete the required follow-up activities noted in the syllabus.

This credit will be accepted for the Iowa teacher licensure renewal credit. Please check with your higher education institution to ensure this credit will be accepted towards a degree. To register visit: https://www.nwciowa.edu/events/iaaeyc

    Eventbrite Banner Exhibitors Fall 2023

    The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children is thrilled to be back at Prairie Meadows for the 2023 Early Learning Fall Institute. Iowa AEYC invites you to join the exhibitors on October 6-October 7, 2023

    The Fall Institute is a great opportunity to share your products with hundreds of early childhood educators and professionals.

    If you are interested in joining us as an exhibitor, please click here to complete the exhibitor application. Applications are due by August 2, 2023.

    Institute Corporate Sponsors

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    Institute Partners

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    Contact Iowa AEYC Events Coordinator Jonni Solum at jonni@iowaaeyc.org or 515-331-8000 ext. 122.

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