Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Chapter of WECA Events and Activities

Each year Fox Valley Chapter of WECA offers many opportunities for continuing education, such as monthly meetings, the Super Saturday Conference and the Tour of Centers. In addition, we plan an Appreciation Dinner to recognize the contribution of active members and a Planning Meeting to schedule activities for the following year.

Download the Calendar of Events and be sure to share it with colleagues and post it in your program!

All events except the Appreciation Dinner and Planning Meeting provide continuing education hours. FVCW/WECA members may attend all events (except Conference) for FREE; guests pay just $5.00 per event. To help support our ECE colleagues during the Covid-19 pandemic, Zoom meetings are FREE for everyone!

Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of the month, while special events like the Awards Dinner, Tour of Centers and Super Saturday Conference have individual schedules.

Currently all 2021 meetings are planned for Zoom. When Covid allows us to meet in person again we'll resume our normal schedule:

  • 6:15-6:30 pm: Short business meeting. All are invited to attend and learn what's going on in FVCW!
  • 6:30-8:00 pm: Continuing education with Registry credit.
  • 8:00-8:15 pm: Self-guided tours of the host center. Take a few minutes to look around and get fresh ideas for your space!

FVCW Calendar 2021

JAN 18
2 hrs CE

"Scribble, Scrabble: Because Pre-Writing is Literacy Too!" by Mary Wonderlick

Look through a different lens at play and toys which entice children to the various areas and activities so that they’ll have increased and improved prewriting / writing opportunities. Understand how grasp and strokes develop in many of the classroom centers. Beef up the writing opportunities in your setting. See a variety of toys and manipulatives guaranteed to “draw” youngsters to the joy of prewriting. Learn activities and strategies that invite children to make purposeful marks; create some for yourself and colleagues.

FEB 15
1.5 hrs CE

"Silence Isn't Silent” by Angel Stoddard

Our bodies communicate our hidden rules all the time. But are you noticing? It is said that our body knows things without our conscious brain knowing it. In this session you’ll experience 3 activities to test this theory – does your body know things that your brain doesn’t know? And if so, how does that knowing impact our emotions and our ability to communicate? Lastly, how can we teach our brain to pay attention to our body?

MAR 22
1.5 hrs CE

Date Changed to March 22
Messy Play with Loose Parts Outside" by Stephanie Winkel

How can we cultivate curiosity, wonder and imagination in our early childhood students? What are loose parts and how can we introduce them into our classrooms? Join Stephanie Winkel, a family child care provider and loose part lover, to find out! We will discuss the theories of loose parts and open ended materials. Using some loose parts, we will play and explore what our students may experience when provided loose parts. This session will give you a solid start to understanding loose parts and open ended materials.

APR 16 2021


Tour of Centers - Local Child Care Centers

This year Tours will feature a FREE slideshow of photos from area group and family centers. Tour of Centers page for full detials.

Members will automatically receive the slideshow via email; non-members need to register in order to receive the slideshow.

MAY 17
2 hrs CE

"Adverse Child Experiences - Part 1: by Amanda Dornfeld

There are 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The more ACEs an individual has, the higher their ACE Score and the greater their risk for long-term consequences.The prevalence of ACEs is staggering. Nearly every community feels the medical and social burdens of subsequent behavioral and physical health problems, including depression, suicide, heart disease, diabetes and early death.There is hope for healing, however. Start by understanding ACEs and their effects with this FREE Wisconsin ACE Interface training
You must attend both trainings for full Registry credit. * Register for this meeting *

MAY 24
2 hrs CE

"Adverse Child Experiences - Part 2: by Amanda Dornfeld

Part 2 of the May 17 ACES training. You must attend both trainings for full Registry credit. * Register for this meeting *

JUN 21

Appreciation Dinner - FVCW Board

If Covid protocols allow, we hope you'll join us in celebrating your service to the children and families of our community. We'll enjoy delicious food and drinks, lively socializing, and great door prizes! While the details may change from year to year, two things that never change are our appreciation for the work you do, and the amount of fun we have together. Help plan the Dinner and you can choose the theme, location and door prizes!

JUL 19
1.5 hrs CE

“Compassionate Care for the Under-2 Crew” by Kelly Matthews

Due to a scheduling conflict this meeting has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule for 2022. Please join us next month to plan 2022's trainings!
Our smallest friends deserve top notch care, designed just for them. If you are interested in thinking about, discussing, questioning and implementing high quality care for children under 24 months, this is the workshop for you! This workshop makes lots of room for your voice, your questions, and your stories. Put aside your worries that this will be just another workshop where pre-school and toddler concepts are “watered down” for infants and their care providers – this very interactive workshop has been created with babies and their caregivers in mind, front and center! Come explore theory, development, wonder, environment, family relations & so much more!

AUG 16

“Planning for 2022”

Your help is needed in planning the 2022 FVCW Calendar! We'll provide appetizers (if we meet in person), you bring suggestions for continuing education topics, presenters, and meeting sites. You know what you want to learn more about - come be part of the process and help make it a great year!

TBD or Zoom
SEP 20
1.5 hrs CE

“Saying No as an Act of Professional Development” by Kelly Matthews

Description coming soon!

OCT 18
1.5 hrs CE

“Parent Involvement" by Angie Hodkiewicz

Description coming soon!


Super Saturday

Assuming Covid-19 protocols allow, join us for a fun day of educational presentations designed to fit into your busy life - most workshops are scheduled before noon so you can get your continuing education hours without giving up your entire Saturday. If you're not ready for the fun to end at noon, an afternoon session offers training for a small additional fee.

Tentatively: Kimberly Municipal Center,
515 W Kimberly Ave,

Other Early Childhood Events

NAEYC Affiliate Trainings

NAEYC Affiliate Groups often sponsor conferences and workshops. They are a staple of professional development and designed to be affordable and accessible. See what's available in your area through the NAEYC Affiliates page.


NAEYC Conference - November 17 - 20, 2021

The NAEYC Conference is the largest early childhood education conference in the world, featuring hundreds of presentations and exhibits and attended by tens of thousands of early educators. More information is available on the NAEYC Conference page.

Orlando, FL

WECA Conference - September 30 - October 2, 2021

Save the date now! Details will be posted as they are available. Visit the WECA Conference page for more information.

Wisconsin Dells, WI

WECA Trainings

In addition to their Annual Conference, WECA offers a wide variety of trainings year-round, and can even customize a training to meet your needs! Visit WECA's Training page to see what's available in your area.


Week of the Young Child™ - April 12 - 16, 2021

NAEYC hosts this special week to celebrate early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Visit NAEYC's National Week of the Young Child page for activity ideas, resources to help plan your celebrations, FAQ, and more!


Worthy Wage Day - May 1, 2021

Worthy Wage Day is an annual day of action to honor early childhood educators and raise awareness about the need to attract and keep high-quality, effective educators. Visit the Worthy Wage Day page on the American Federation of Teachers' website for more information.