Event for Early Childhood Conference

Early Childhood Conference

June 2nd - 3rd, 2024

Rise Up... And Play! Based on Exodus 32:6

Concordia University, Nebraska, is proud to host another annual conference for those engaged in early childhood education. Educators, administrators, and others who work with young children, birth through age 8, will benefit from participating in this event.


Discounted Registration Deadline is May 15th

*Participants in the Full Conference will receive a certificate of attendance noting completion of 9 clock hours of professional development*

Register Here! 

Keynote Speakers


Rachel Bausch

Sunday Night Keynote Speaker

Rachel Bausch serves as Early Childhood Administrator at St. John Lutheran School in Ellisville, Missouri. A CUNE alumnus, Rachel loves sharing stories of faith and how we can find joy and comfort in unexpected moments of our work and ministry.



Jim Gill

Monday Keynote Speaker

Jim Gill is a nationally acclaimed author and musician. Over the years his recordings and books have received five separate awards from the American Library Association. His work and thoughts about music play were featured in the PBS Documentary 10 Things Every Child Needs. Most importantly, however, Jim is a child development specialist. He speaks to early childhood educators, child care providers, and children’s librarians at conferences and training events throughout the country about the value of play, in general, and the many connections between music play, school readiness, literacy development and math development. He also illustrates how play-based programming provides opportunities for inclusion of children with special needs.

Lodging Options

Liberty House Bed & Breakfast: (402) 643-2555

East Hill Motel: (402) 643-3679

CobbleStone Inn & Suites:(402) 646-1004


Conference Schedule

Detailed Session Information Printable PDF


Need more details? Do you have questions?

Dr. Drew Gerdes, Conference Chairperson
Email: drew.gerdes@cune.edu
Phone: 402-643-7128



Thank you to Nebraska’s Southeast Early Learning Connection for their funding assistance for our Keynote Speaker, Jim Gill.

 Thank you to the Lutheran Church Extension Fund – Nebraska District for their sponsorship of breaks and refreshments during the conference event.