SOURCE: Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

February 11, 2014 14:22 ET

Rear Admiral Casey W. Coane to Spotlight Critical Role of Early Childhood Education in America's Mission Readiness

Retired Officer to Kick Off Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference March 14; Special Registration Discounts End February 17

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2014) - Rear Admiral Casey W. Coane, who serves on the Executive Advisory Council of Mission: Readiness, will deliver the keynote address when the 2014 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference (RMECC) kicks off with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 14 at the Colorado Convention Center. Mission: Readiness is a national security nonprofit of hundreds of retired flag and general officers who travel the country to spread the word that investing early in the upcoming generation is critical to securing our nation's future. The organization is helping to counteract the fact that 75 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. cannot serve in the military, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have a serious criminal record. A trained P3 maritime patrol/ reconnaissance and antisubmarine warfare pilot, Rear Admiral Coane's 34-year military career consisted of 11 years of active duty and 23 years of reserve duty.

Feb. 17 is the last day to take advantage of early registration discounts at; RMECC 2014 registration will continue after that date with increased fees. Discounted room rates for accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center are available at HTTPS://RESWEB.PASSKEY.COM/GO/CHILDHOOD until Feb. 20.

Sponsored by the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children, the Denver Preschool Program and the Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado, the two-day RMECC 2014 (March 14-15) aims to support and solidify the growing understanding of the importance of investing in our youngest children. The confluence of science, research and common sense shows that early childhood education has a positive impact on our economy, workforce, schools and communities. This largest and leading regional conference provides teachers, practitioners and advocates an opportunity to learn, share and connect by offering hundreds of workshops and exhibitors plus top-notch keynote speakers. 

The conference's agenda incorporates 16 professional development tracks and 200 workshops on topics including administration/management, assessment, child care health consultation, child development/curriculum, child health/well-being, coaching, Colorado Department of Education, family support, inclusion/cultural competencies, infant and early childhood mental health, kindergarten, literacy/writing, Office of Early Childhood, policy/advocacy, Spanish and STEM (science/technology/ engineering/math). Dr. Sherri Killins, Ed.D., former Commissioner of Early Education and Care for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and an advocate for children and families for more than 25 years, will be the keynote speaker at the 11:30 a.m. luncheon Friday, March 14. The keynote address during the 11:15 a.m. luncheon Saturday, March 15 will be presented by Dr. Dana Suskind, M.D., a pediatric otolaryngologist and founder of the Thirty Million Words Initiative based on scientific research demonstrating the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child.

More information about RMECC 2014, including the two-day schedule, program descriptions and registration details, is available at