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Ealy Childhood Mega Conference

Zoe Ann Wignall Coordinator
218-755-3779
1-888-234-1305
Send Registration Forms to:
Zoe Ann Wignall ,
Mega Conference
Bemidji State University #35
1500 Birchmont Dr NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
FAX: 218-755-3787

Email confirmations will be sent to the contact person listed

Early Childhood Mega Conference

General Information

Location
Name Badges
Cell Phones & Children
Optional University Credit
Parking
Hospitality
Evaluations
Conference items available for sale
Emergency Numbers & Message Board
Lodging
Meals

Conference Background

Mega is an annual gathering of early childhood professionals and parents from throughout Minnesota and surrounding states. Participants attend educational workshops designed for individuals from Head Start, ECFE, ECSE, Learning Readiness, nursery schools, public schools and centers, and Family Child Care programs. The conference is famous as “a marketplace of ideas for early childhood professionals.” CDTP is committed to providing a forum where individuals can gather and discuss issues vital to those who serve young children and families. CDTP assumes no responsibility for ideas expressed, nor do we imply endorsement of any product or service of any exhibitor.

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Clock Hours  Available

Thursday, March 10 = 8 hours
Friday, March 11 = 7 hours

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Location

The conference will be held in Hagg-Sauer Hall on the Bemidji State University campus.   Lunch will be held in the Lower Union, Lakeside Food Court on both Thursday and Friday..  here.

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Name Badges

The name badge you receive during registration is your admission to all session workshops, lunches, and the exhibit area. Please be sure to wear your badge at all times. Please help us do our part to protect the environment by removing your name badge and placing it in the container marked “Recycled Badges” when you complete your stay at the conference.

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Cell Phones & Children

You will be asked to turn all cell phones off while you are in all sessions of the conference. If it is necessary to bring your infant (lap babies ONLY please) to the conference, please be respectful of the presenter and the other participants.

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Optional University Credit

The conference is being offered for one (1) university undergraduate or graduate semester credit. The additional cost is $251.43 undergraduate or $351.68 graduate. A written project is required. Credit registration will take place Thursday, March 11, 11:15 – 11:45 am in Hagg-Sauer 102. This will be the only opportunity to register. Participants attending the conference for CDA renewal must register for credit. Instructions for optional university credit can be found here.

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Parking

Parking is available in any Bemidji State University lot and also on the street. See the campus map for parking information/index.cfm. Please pay attention to handicap and special no parking, loading areas. The Bemidji State University campus is accessible to the disabled with power assisted doors, elevators, and handicapped parking.

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Hospitality

There will be complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and ice water available under the row of clocks on the first floor of Hagg-Sauer. Snacks will be available during the morning and afternoon breaks. There are also snack and refreshment vending machines on the first floor of Hagg-Sauer Hall. A coat rack will be available at the rear of Hagg-Sauer 100, the auditorium. CDTP will accept no responsibility for lost or stolen items.

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Evaluations

Evaluation forms will be in your conference folder. Please be sure to fill them out completely. Those taking the Mega Conference for credit and CDA Renewal, Bemidji State University CDA Candidates currently going through CDA training, and participants wanting a Certificate of Attendance are required to complete the evaluation.

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Emergency Numbers & Message Board

218-755-3888
Bemidji State University Security EMERGENCY ONLY
Security will come looking for you in workshops.

763-218-5088
Zoe Ann Wignall's Cell Phone Number
Important Mega Conference Information ONLY

Conference participants can post messages for other participants on the Message Board which will be located at the Registration Table.

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Meals

Thursday Lunch:  Pasta Bar

Friday Lunch:  Box Lunch

Vegetarian needs: will not be available unless requested in advance

Lodging

The Bemidji area has several motels available. When you make reservations, tell them you are attending the Early Childhood Mega Conference at Bemidji State University. Special rates will then be offered as listed below. You can also check out lodging information/index.cfm at Bemidji’s website -- www.bemidji.org or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 218-751-3541. * indicates the establishment provides a continental breakfast.

Paul Bunyan Drive North-West

AmericInn Lodge & Suites$70/1 Queen & $75/2 Queens
218-751-3000 or 800-634-3444


Best Western Bemidji Inn$70/ Night
218-751-0390 or 877-857-8599


Holiday Inn Express$74/ Night
218-751-2487 or 800-617-4379


Super 8$60/Single & $65/Double
218-751-8481 or 800-800-8000

Paul Bunyan Drive South

Hampton Inn and Suites$99/Roadside $109/Lakeside
218-751-3600

Highway 2 West

Comfort Inn$89.99/Night
218-4434-7700

Birchmont Beach Road North-East

Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge$48/Single & $68/double
218-444-3463

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