Annual Learning Early Conference set for April

SAYRE – The 14th Annual Learning Early Conference will take place Friday, April 26 at the Sayre Theatre and Guthrie Campus. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 5 p.m.

The Learning Early Network Conference brings together experts in early childhood issues for a day-long conference, to explore learning and the arts for parents, educators and professionals in the field of early childhood. The theme for 2013 is “Learning and Inclusion Through the Arts,” and presenters include a wide range of teachers, early intervention experts, artists with early childhood training, parents of special needs children, and state and local programs, organizations, and service providers.

The 14th annual conference gets underway with keynote speaker Kurt Kondrich, early childhood advocate. Kondrich graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and worked as a police officer for 20 years in Atlanta, Fort Myers, Fla., and Pittsburgh. He left that career after his daughter, Chloe, was born. He earned a master’s degree in early intervention from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.

He is the chair of the Pennsylvania State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC), a 15-member advisory board of parents, Department of Education members, public welfare and health professionals, and others appointed by the governor. The SICC advises the departments on the Pennsylvania Early Intervention System. Kondrich is also director of Community/Family Outreach for Early Intervention Specialists and serves on the PA Early Learning Council, the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh

The keynote will be followed by workshops that explore inclusion issues for children with special needs: adaptations for daily activities; learning thro-ugh exploration; arts activities and lesson plans; advice on sensory and developmental issues; and a multitude of local resources. Registration information is available by calling the Bradford County Regional Arts Council at 570-268-ARTS (2787), or by visiting

The Learning Early Network, facilitated by the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, is a collaboration of people and organizations committed to enriching the lives of children up to age 5. The Network is dedicated to helping our youngest members of society on the road to a life of fulfillment by doing what comes naturally – learning.

Members are parents and professionals in the fields of child care, family care, health care, education and government. Member organizations include schools, libraries, daycare centers, family resource centers, Head Start programs, hospital wellness and birthing programs, and government programs.

Goals of the Learning Early Network include providing access to a network of individuals and organizations that can pursue joint projects and funding options, share knowledge or resources, and find new ways to “Make A Difference By Learning Early.” Research shows the most important educational and social learning time of a child’s life is before the age of 3. The time to make a difference is now.

The Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) is an arts service organization committed to supporting arts and culture throughout the region. BCRAC is a member agency of the United Way of Bradford County. For more information, visit BCRAC online at or