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Dear Conference Participant,

We want to take this opportunity to welcome each of you to the 14th Illinois Collaborative Early Childhood Conference: Sharing a Vision. The Sharing a Vision Planning Committee has worked very hard for the past 18 months to plan an exceptional conference for the early childhood practitioners and families of our state. We have planned a conference filled with sessions and activities that we hope will expand the possibilities of growth and learning for you.

At this year’s conference you will find a variety of sessions and networking opportunities. We have invited speakers from around the country to share their expertise on various early childhood topics during our keynotes and breakout conference sessions. Don’t miss Showcasing located in the exhibit hall during lunch each day where various programs have been invited to share their ideas, resources, and information. Conversation Stations, scheduled Wednesday both in the morning and at lunch, is an opportunity for you to discuss topics of interest in our state with other colleagues. We hope you will enjoy the lunch buffet offered each day in the exhibit hall and in other locations within the hotel. Finally, remember to set aside time to explore the Exhibit Hall to gather information about products and services of interest to you. The exhibit hall also serves as a common gathering area where you can shop, win prizes, relax and unwind with friends.

Your feedback is very important to us. We strongly encourage you to take time to complete the evaluation forms included in your packet and return them before you leave the conference. When we get ready to begin our planning for 2017, your feedback will be very helpful!

You will find answers to most of your questions in this booklet. However, if you need additional support, feel free to stop by our conference registration desk on the first floor, and we will be happy to help you. On behalf of the 2015 Sharing A Vision Planning Committee, we hope you enjoy the conference and find this a special time of learning.

Mindy Ely and Denise Henry
Conference Co-Chairs

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