KSAEYC Annual Conference

2020 KSAEYC Annual Meeting and Professional Development Event 

The KSAEYC Professional Development Conference has been something that members and early childhood professionals across the state look forward to every fall. While things may look a little different this year, the KSAEYC board is very excited to be able to offer the event virtually, at no cost, as a gift to the early childhood community. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 24 and plan to attend the KSAEYC Annual Meeting and Virtual Professional Development Event. Check out all of the details below.

Saturday, October 24, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
Registration is free, see details below!


Keynote 1 – The Kids Are Not All Right
Vladimir Sainte

With more than 10 years experience as a therapist, Vladimir Sainte, LCSW has made an invaluable impact on the Kansas City community through his work as a social worker, crisis clinician, and children’s book author. As a committed equality advocate, Sainte is a member of the BIPOC community—while also providing counseling support to not only children, but to their families and the broader community through a holistic partnership. Sainte graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He currently works at Truman Behavioral Health as a Team Leader.

Children are greatly impacted by their environment, both at home and at school. The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child shows through their research that children who are exposed to stressful environments such as persistent poverty, maltreatment or witnessing violence can potentially develop anxious behaviors that directly decrease their ability to learn and socialize. A majority of mental health concerns can diminish if they are addressed earlier in the child’s life. Children need reassurance that they are safe in this world. The providers taking care of them in early childhood are instrumental in creating nurturing environments and helping children gain lifelong skills of navigating hardships and developing emotional literacy. Throughout this interactive presentation, providers will learn diverse tools to assist in supporting and cultivating emotional growth in children. In addition to activities, the presenter will share his children’s books aimed at increasing diversity in children’s literature while presenting mental health themes accessible by children of all ages and their families.

Core Competency: 6 Level 2
In-service Hours: 1.5

Keynote 2 –  Early Childhood: Where Stories Begin
Tabatha Rosproy  

Tabatha Rosproy, a 10-year veteran Kansas teacher, is the first early childhood educator to be named National Teacher of the Year. She teaches preschool for Winfield Early Learning Center (WELC) in Winfield, Kansas. Housed in Cumbernauld Village, a local retirement community and nursing home, her inclusive classroom is an inter-generational program that provides preschoolers and residents with multiple daily interactions and serves special education and typically developing preschoolers in a full-day setting.  As the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of school buildings across the country, Rosproy served as a co-chair of the educator task force that helped compile Kansas’s continuous learning guidance. A career preschool educator, Rosproy hopes to bring a voice to the important role early childhood education plays in our society and to highlight the value of social-emotional education at all age levels. Rosproy has served on her building leadership team and as the co-head teacher of WELC and as co-president of Winfield National Education Association. She is also active at the state level with Kansas National Education Association. Rosproy is a member of the Cowley County Special Services Cooperative Early Childhood Academy Team, which provides training and support in positive behavior interventions for early childhood teachers in her county.   Rosproy holds a Bachelor of Arts in unified early childhood education, including special education and typically developing students, from Southwestern College and is near completion of her Master of Science in education (English as a Secondary or Other Language) at Fort Hays State University.

Join 2020 National Teacher of the Year, Tabatha Rosproy, on a journey that highlights the powerful impact of Early Childhood Education in our communities. Together we will explore the power of connection, prevention, and play, and their role in educating our youngest learners.

Core Competency: 8 Levels 1 & 3
In-service Hours: 1

Tabatha Rosproy Photo Credit: Ashlee Mayo, Amay Photo


  • Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to join the class.
  • Only participants who log on and participate for the entire event will receive KDHE approved in-service hours.
  • Certificates will be issued electronically using the email address provided at registration.
  • Registration closes when full, or by 10-19-20 at 11:59 p.m.


View the 2020 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Event program here!