Timely, Empowering, Engaging Conference Keynote Sessions

We are thrilled to announce the 2018 conference keynote speakers! You won't want to miss these opportunities to play, celebrate success, and empower one another in the crucial work with young children in family child care.



Presented by Junlei Li, Ph.D.

What is deep and simple in the work of early childhood? From orphanages to impoverished neighborhoods, we can discover caregivers’ intuitive yet powerful human interactions. By capturing and learning from what ordinary people do extraordinarily well in simple, everyday moments, we can grow communities of practice, nurture intuition into intention, and plant the seeds for sustainable systems change.

About Junlei Li, Ph.D., Rita M. McGinley Chair of Early Learning and Children's Media, Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center

As the Center’s Co-Director and resident faculty member, Junlei Li integrates the mission of the Center, the College, and child-serving partners in our larger community. His research lab Incubator 143 partners with educators, trainers, advocates, and researchers. With active projects in low-income child care centers, urban schools, community programs, and the larger child-serving non-profit sector, the Incubators focus on identifying and amplifying the simple active ingredient that universally helps serve children—the power of human connection. Junlei joined the Center after serving as the Principal Research Scientist at the Fred Rogers Company, Director of Applied Research and Evaluation at University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, and principal investigator on federal research grants at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and M.A. in instructional science from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in computer science from University of Notre Dame.



Presented by Rae Pica

Explore the possibilities for children’s lives and education if decision makers fully comprehended child development. Family child care providers are in the perfect position to impact change and spread the word about what children really need. Rae invites you to join her in imagining a world in which the unique and magical period of childhood is understood and valued.

About Rae Pica

Rae Pica has been an education consultant specializing in the education of the whole child, children’s physical activity, and active learning since 1980. She is the author of 19 books, including What If Everybody Understood Child Development? and Active Learning Across the Curriculum. Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, and Gymboree. She is a blogger and YouTube creator, and co-founder of BAM Radio Network, the world’s largest online education radio network, where she currently hosts Studentcentricity. 




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