August 4, 5 and 6, 2014 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Superintendents, principals, K-3 teachers, child care providers, parents and community agency partners will attend this special three-day event.

Full-day Kindergarten Symposium:
Monday, August 4 - OSPI and partners are hosting a one-day, Full-day Kindergarten Institute that will provide valuable information to kindergarten teachers, elementary school principals, and school district staff on how to structure classroom environments and use what we currently know about child development to provide developmentally appropriate practices in full-day kindergarten classrooms.

  Starting Strong 6th Annual P-3 Institute:
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 5 and 6 – ESD 123 and partners are hosting this two-day conference featuring keynote speakers and numerous breakout sessions focused on P-3 alignment and implementation including WaKIDS, the Early Learning Guidelines and Common Core, Community Collaboration and much more!
Featured Keynote Speaker   Featured Keynote Speakers
Vincent Costanza
VincentCostanzaAugust 4th, Keynote
Vincent Costanza is currently the Executive Director of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) with the New Jersey Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education. The RTT-ELC grant, which brings in $44.3 million to the state, outlines an architecture for a systematic approach to prenatal to age eight services.
  Dr. John J. Medina

August 5th, Keynote
Dr. John J. Medina is a developmental
molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders.

John Medina will also be presenting on August 4th during the Starting Strong Pr-Conference. Please see program for more details.



Dr. Douglas Clements

August 6th, Keynote
Dr. Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Professor at the University of Denver, is widely regarded as a major scholar in the field of early childhood mathematics education, one with equal relevance to the academy to the classroom, and to the educational policy area.


Online registration is now closed. Please call Kaylee Bolt (509-544-5777) to register after July 25th.

Pricing Options:
One Day       $100
Two Days     $150
Three Days   $200

Clock hours and Stars hours will be available.


Register through June 30, 2014. For additional information or an application email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Registration and general questions please contact:

Kaylee Bolt
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Presenters and Exhibitors please contact:

Tracy Ulrich
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Haven't booked your hotel? Special room rate expires June 30th! Don't Wait!

Hilton Garden Inn Tri-Cities/Kennewick (SOLD OUT)
701 North Young Street, Kennewick, WA 99336
P 509.735.4600 / F 509.735.4601
Starting Strong & Full Day Kindergarten

Red Lion Inn and Suites Tri-Cities/Kennewick (SOLD OUT)
602 N. Young Street, Kennewick, WA 99336
P 855-406-0344 / F 509-396-3033
Starting Strong & Full Day Kindergarten

Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center
1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd.
Kennewick, WA 99336
P 509-783-0611
Starting Strong & Full Day Kindergarten