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.

Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of the month from 6:15-8:15pm, while special events like the Awards Dinner, Tour of Centers and Super Saturday Conference have individual schedules.

Beginning in January, 2019:

  • A short business meeting will be held from 6:15-6:30 pm. All are invited to attend and learn what's going on in FVCW!
  • The continuing education will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm, providing 1.5 hours of Registry credit rather than the previous 1 hour.
  • Following the continuing education, the host center will be open for self-guided tours until 8:15pm. Take a few minutes to look around and get fresh ideas for your space!

FVCW Calendar 2019

JAN 21
1.5 hrs CE

"S.T.E.M." - Angela Stoddard

This idea-provoking session takes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) up a notch! Come find out what the A and the N include. Together we'll take an in-depth look at why S.T.E.A.M'N skills are so important in Early Childhood and how you can use these skills to support early learning and school readiness. Participants will walk away with activities they can use right away, but more importantly they'll also know why these skills are so important in early childhood education.

Child Learning Center
1818 N. Meade
FEB 18
1.5 hrs CE

"Picky Eaters" - Kelly Matthews

Food can be so simple, yet the issues around it are rather complex! What do you remember about your childhood kitchen table? Do you feel like picky eaters are dictating your menu? Has coming to the table become stepping into a power struggle? Do you wonder what messages kids may absorb about food as you cook and bake together? How are all these questions related? Join us for interactive explorations around the ideas of food, culture, rewards, responsibilities and power in early education programs.

Early Learning Center
2425 Industrial Dr
MAR 18
1.5 hrs CE

“Social Skills Take Practice” - Jennifer Zachek

Come and learn strategies and ideas to help support social-emotional growth for children ages 5 and under!

W5483 County Rd KK
APR 15
2 hrs CE

Tour of Centers - Local Child Care Centers

Enjoy a night of fun touring local childcare centers. Collect great ideas to use in your own program and discover the strengths in other programs while earing 2 Registry hours!

Various Centers
MAY 20
1.5 hrs CE

“Gardening with Children” - Autumn Gill

Gardening is good for the body and the soul. Join us to discover the basics of gardening with children so both can thrive!

Parent/Child Center
1825 N Bluemound
JUN 17

Appreciation Dinner - FVCW Board

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! This year's theme is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

Good Company
110 N Richmond St Appleton
JUL 15
1.5 hrs CE

“Active Play” - Jennifer Zachek

Every child, regardless of their ability, can be encouraged to: move their body in a range of ways and directions; use their imagination; and feel good about what they can do. The learning and growth gained from being active is important for developing all areas of development.

Apple Tree Connections
5020 N Providence Ave
AUG 19

“Planning for 2020”

Your help is needed in planning the 2020 FVCW Calendar! We'll provide appetizers, 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!

716 N Casaloma Dr
SEP 16
1.5 hrs CE

“Empowering Children” - Autumn Gill

This workshop will help you empower those who enter your program, starting with the young children you guide each and every day. Learn how to help families feel successful too, not only in their child's academic careers, but in their social and emotional relationships in and outside of your program.

Play and Grow Learning Center,
N1673 Municipal Dr
OCT 21
1.5 hrs CE


"We Grow as Children Grow" will be rescheduled for 2020.

UW Oshkosh Child Care
Lincoln Hall
608 Algoma Blvd

Super Saturday

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.

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 20-23, 2018

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.


WECA Conference - November 14-16, 2019

This year WECA's Annual Conference features a keynote presentation by Lisa Guernsey, Deputy Director, Education Policy at New America. More details will be posted as they are available. Visit the WECA Conference page for more information.

Pewaukee, 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 8-12, 2019

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, 2019

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.