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School of Education, Los Niños Services Host Young Child Conference & Expo Oct. 19-21

Young Child Conference

SPOKANE, Wash. – For the second consecutive year, the Gonzaga University School of Education will serve as the host institution and present with Los Niños Services of New York City the Young Child Expo & Conference 2016 from Oct. 19-21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center.

The event carries on the two-decade tradition of the Young Child Expo & Conference held in New York City with the same commitment to great speakers and great learning. The goal of YCEC Spokane is simple: provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow and reach their full potential.

The event aims to bring everyone who works with young children together to learn and grow: parents, teachers, psychologists, special education teachers, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, educators, academics and students.

The conference was founded by Scott Mesh, Ph.D., the CEO of Los Niños Services, and Vincent Alfonso, Ph.D., dean of the Gonzaga School of Education. The conference goal is to provide parents and childhood professionals with new and useful information.

“There continues to be great momentum around the topic of educating young children in our region,” Dean Alfonso explains. “Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive program that showcases best practices and information critical to the entire community involved in those crucial early years.”

More than 500 people are expected to attend the conference, which includes more than 50 speakers, 40 sessions, full-day and half-day workshops, and 20 exhibitors.

Nationally recognized leaders in early childhood development will present keynote addresses including:

  • Michael Gurian, marriage and family counselor in private practice, author of 28 books, and co-founder of the Gurian Institute.
  • Bob McGrath, original cast member on “Sesame Street,” music teacher, author, recording artist, and concert performer.
  • Kent Hoffman, clinician, attachment researcher, and co-founder of Circle of Security International. His life work has included building intervention approaches for at-risk/homeless families dealing with parenting stress and teaching (Chapman University and Gonzaga University).
  • Brenda Leger, chief strategy officer for HighScope Educational Research Foundation, is driven by a common mission with HighScope: “To change the trajectory of the world, one child at a time.” She has worked in classrooms, educational communities, and the business world of educational publishing and school supply.

The full conference program with all presentations, meeting details and online registration is live at

For more information or to interview Dean Alfonso about the conference, contact Mary Joan Hahn at (509) 313-6095.

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