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MSU’s Wheeler center to host conference on expanding early childhood education in Montana

April 13, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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The Burton K. Wheeler Center and Montana State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Development will host a conference, “Expanding Early Childhood Education in Montana - Developing Readiness and Enhancing Effectiveness,” on Friday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Northern Hotel in Billings.

The conference will focus on a range of issues related to readiness for and implementation of expanded pre-kindergarten education programming. Its objective is to engage stakeholders – including school board members, current and potential early childhood program providers, school administrators, teachers, legislators and other interested parties – in a well-informed and focused dialogue aimed at supporting concrete policy options for the integration of early childhood programming into Montana’s education system. 

The conference will feature a series of panel discussions exploring topics. Those discussions include Institutional Culture and Vision in Early Childhood Education; Readiness for Expansion and Integration and Assessing Institutional Structures; and Resources and Assets and Enacting Shared Missions, Visions and Values: Next Steps for Enhancing Capacity. 

Registration for the conference is required and includes participation in all of the day’s activities, including lunch and a keynote presentation, as well as white papers or other materials produced during or as a result of the conference. Early bird registration is available through April 30 and is $65 for the general public and $25 for students. Regular registration is available after April 30 for $85 for the general public, $35 for students.

People who are interested in the conference but who are unable to travel to Billings may consider joining the conference via interactive, digital streaming to satellite sites in Missoula, Helena, Browning, Havre, Poplar and Miles City. 

To register, or for more information about the conference or satellite sites, visit Registration is also available by sending a check to the Burton K. Wheeler Center at 1102 S. 6th St., Bozeman, MT, 59717.

In addition, a limited number of rooms are available at a conference rate. Lodging reservations may be made separately by contacting the Northern Hotel at (406) 867-6767 or

For nearly 40 years, the Burton K. Wheeler Center at MSU has worked to provide opportunities for Montanans to explore and engage in non-partisan discussions of important policy topics. More information on the Wheeler Center is available at or by calling 406-994-0336 or emailing

Contact: Eric Austin, (406) 994-5168 or