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Fall  Conference 2019

In a perfect world, we would have a seamless care and education system that spans early childhood through higher education. But in the real world, we know there are many gaps in our system; the transition from early childhood programs into school, moving from school day to afterschool, communication between parents and providers, gaps in equitable service, gaps in professional development, gaps between providers, and the gap between decision-makers and the people who do the work. Join us in our quest to "Mind the Gaps" in our system to better serve children and families in our communities.

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ORAEYC, CCR&R of Multhomah County, and Threads of Justice are proud to present the 2019 Fall Conference "Stronger Together!" October 11th & 12th at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.


Join us in our quest to "Mind the Gaps" in our system to better serve children & families in our community. Sessions are available both for early childhood & school age providers. Register by April 9th, or onsite registration required.



We are thrilled to announce Jessica McClintic and Jamie Dix as this year's Keynote Presenters!  After fusing their two loves; yoga and children, Jamie and Jessica developed a kids yoga program called Imagination Yoga. The sister-team has created and led countless adult trainings, written multiple Imagination Yoga curriculums being used worldwide, and have worked with tens of thousands of children offering yoga as a way to inspire movement, calm, kindness and imagination. 


In this fun and interactive keynote, you will be introduced to Imagination Yoga and the many benefits of introducing yoga to children. You will learn developmentally appropriate kids yoga poses, 1 adventure (kids yoga flow) supporting early literacy and activities to intentionally practice kindness, calm, and concentration.  Integration ideas for directors, teachers, home-visitors, and parents are introduced and self-care strategies for participants are explored. 

Vendors & Scholarships

Grand Articulation Summit


The 28th Grand Articulation Summit (GAS) will build on our continued work toward an aligned Professional Development System. GAS brings together community colleges, universities and other providers of professional development to achieve the goal of a diverse and highly educated early childhood workforce.


Join us for a day of great presentations and rich discussions on how we can support the Raise Up Oregon Early Learning System Plan.


We will examine the professional learning vision for alignment and accessibility opportunities in Oregon. We will explore innovative practices for supporting our diverse profession and problem solve together on how we can expand and enhance those opportunities.


New this year: registration for the Grand Articulation Summit is included in the general conference registration. 


Join ORAEYC, Multnomah County CCR&R, and over 250 early childhood educators and advocates for an opportunity to share and sell your resources, materials, and goods with the early learning community. Reserve your spot today!

College Credit

1 Credit hour of graduate or undergraduate college credit is available for an additional fee through Southern Oregon University. Those wishing to receive college credit will sign up and pay for the credit at the registration booth on Friday morning and attend both days of the conference. Contact Sara for more information. 

Undergraduate: $55.00

Graduate: $70.00



The Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship Program


This program supports the growth of quality child care in Oregon by providing financial support for childhood educators working in Oregon.  To be eligible for scholarship support, you must be at an Oregon Registry Step 1-8.5 and work directly with children at least 20 hours a week in a licensed child care facility. The OCCD Scholarship only covers $80 per day; you are responsible to pay the balance.

Oregon's Family Child Care Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial support to individuals for the purpose of professional development in the early learning field. The scholarship is available to individuals named as the Provider on an Oregon Registered Family or Certified Family Child Care license. The conference scholarship provides up to $200 towards the cost of attending.

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