Early Childhood Education Virtual Conference

43rd Annual | April 22 - May 31, 2022
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2023 Early Childhood Education Conference (in person)

Friday, and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd, 2023

Building Connection Through Play

Dr. Julie Bates-Maves and Dr. Andy Felton of the University of Wisconsin-Stout will bring the best to you through their "Building Connection Through Play" presentation.

By providing the understanding needed to support the mental health of infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children, attendees will learn the critical importance of fostering nurturing relationships. This presentation will help you see the signs of attunement and connect attachment theory to your work with children.

Learn hands-on activities and walk away with strategies and ideas that you can use in your center or classroom.

Dr. Julie Bates-Maves
Dr. Julie Bates-Maves

Dr. Julie Bates-Maves Ph.D., LPC, is a professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Wisconsin–Stout and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. Her teaching and research interests are centered on trauma, addiction, and reducing stigma. She is also the mother of two young boys, ages 6 and 2.



Dr. Andy Felton
Dr. Andy Felton

Dr. Andy Felton joined UW-Stout in the fall of 2016. Prior to being faculty, Andy lived in Laramie, WY where he received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and was involved in private practice working with children, families, and ran groups for individuals struggling with substance abuse. Prior to moving to Wyoming Andy lived in Harrisonburg, VA where he provided home-based clinical services to families and individuals. Though Andy enjoys teaching and clinical work, he has interests that also revolve around traveling, photography, painting, playing board games, as well as outdoor activities like tennis, hiking, and bicycling.