Day One: Opening Session (9:00am-1:00pm)
The Opening Session may be attended by ANYONE who is interested in learning more about physical activity and play for young children. This is a unique experience to hear from leading experts from all over the world in one location. Previous audiences have included parents, school teachers, child care providers, school administrators, public health staff, children's museum staff, parks and recreation staff, YMCA staff, Boys & Girls staff, legislators, funders, local and state government employees and more.
Day One: Continuing Education Workshop (2:00pm -4:00pm)
This two-hour workshop is provided by one of our featured experts from the Opening Session which makes it different each year. This workshop is intended for past graduates of the ECPAI and newly selected candidates and others interested in learning more about topics presented in our opening session. Previous topics included increasing movement in infants and toddlers, integrating physical activity and play throughout the day, and Choosy Kids/I am Moving, I am Learning.
Day Two and Three: Intensive Training (9:00am-5:00pm)
These two, fun-filled days are facilitated by Richard Rairigh of Be Active Kids and Dr. Diane Craft of Active Play Books and is open only to the 15 previously selected candidates. Interested and committed applicants need to register and provide references. Topics covered over these days include defining physical activity, play, motor skills, movement concepts, active role modeling, planning for physical activity, managing an active environment, using appropriate equipment and loose parts, observing and assessing movement, and more. Participants will be actively engaged in the play and learning experiences using various instructional methods and interacting with young children and peers.
*Financial assistance and scholarships are available for students, parents, providers and others. Please let us know if you are need of financial assistance to attend any of these sessions.