Training & Symposiums

The Early Childhood & Human Development Program at Rio Salado College is pleased to provide a series of Symposiums designed to provide the early care and education community with opportunities to hear from local, state and national experts on topics of interest. Limited attendance allows participants the opportunity to network with peers, speak with experts face to face and obtain information that will strengthen their practice. Designed to engage the adult learner, these events provide participants with ongoing learning that can support professional development goals and work towards meeting regulatory or certification requirements.

Early Childhood Symposium Schedule 2013-2014

December 7, 2013
8:00AM – 4:00PM
The Arizona Early Childhood Professional Development Symposium
Participants will learn strategies that have been used by national and local professionals in the early childhood community to establish a professional development plans that are achievable. Participants will also be provided with information about the professional development funding opportunities available in Arizona, and leave with an understanding of why professional development is essential to the quality of early care and education.
$25.00 per person
February 22, 2014
8:00AM – 4:00PM
The Arizona Early Childhood Curriculum & Instruction Symposium: STEM for Young Children
Designed to provide participants with current information regarding the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities for young children. The Arizona Science Center and national experts will lead the Symposium.
$55.00 per person
(includes Lunch)
March 22, 2014
8:00AM – 4:00PM
The Arizona Family Child Care Symposium
Designed specifically for Family Child Care Providers this Symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to network with other providers, meet state and national family child care experts and gain knowledge that can be used to support their Family Child Care business.
$55.00 per person
(includes Lunch)
April 26, 2014
8:00AM – 4:00PM
The Arizona Directors Symposium
Designed to meet the needs of the early care and education program director, assistant director or administrator the Symposium sessions will be provided by local, state and national experts who know the demands and needs of your job. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other directors.  
$55.00 per person
(includes Lunch)
May 1, 2014
9:00AM – 1:00PM
The Arizona Coaching Symposium
Designed to meet the needs of the early care and education Coach, Mentor or Supervisor this half day Symposium will be provided by a national expert, Devona Dunekack who is the Project Coordinator for the Instructional Coaching Initiative at the University of Kansas Center for Reasearch on Learning. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other professionals working in these types of positions at the networking luncheon.  
$15.00 per person
(includes Lunch)


  • All Symposiums will be held at Conference Center @ Rio located at 2323 W. 14th Street in Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Registration will be limited to the first 75 paid registrations for all symposiums

Arizona is Achieving Professionalism through Academic Success (AzAPAs)

AzAPAs is a student success and retention assessment program designed to assist early childhood practitioners in determining what personal/professional/educational barriers may restrict them from completing their college educational plans and goals. Powered by validated assessment tools, early childhood practitioners complete online adult learning tools designed to measure an individual's motivation to learn, motivation to complete educational plans, and what college services an individual may need to access for success. Participants also receive feedback towards meeting their education goals utilizing their previous education and training. Results from these assessment tools will be used by Rio Salado College and early childhood practitioners who participate in this program to design an individualized education plan that is sensitive to the barriers identified. This project targets early childhood practitioners who are interested in completing national credentials or college degrees.


For more information on how Rio Salado College can assist in your staff development needs, please contact:

Elizabeth Taber
Phone: 480-517-8771
Outreach Specialist