Register for Tribal Conference

Only a few days are left to register for this year’s Tribal Early Care & Education Conference on April 16 and 17. DEL sponsors this event to build partnerships and provide learning opportunities for those who work for or are affiliated with a tribal early learning program. The event is free for eligible early learning professionals and will offer break-out sessions and networking opportunities. The deadline for registration is April 12.

“This conference is a wonderful chance for those who work with tribal early learning programs to gather and learn from each other,” DEL Director Bette Hyde said. “We all share a common goal of creating fun environments where kids can grow and learn.”

This year, the conference will take place at Hotel Morano in Tacoma and feature keynote speaker Dr. Martin Brokenleg, who serves as a Vice President of Reclaiming Youth International, providing training for individuals who work with youth at risk. He’ll talk about how those who work with young children have an opportunity to help positively strengthen children from within.

Dr. Brokenleg is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, practicing the culture of his Lakota people.

Conference breakout sessions include: creating effective circle times; recycling items for art; preparing for and responding to emergencies; preserving language for tribal children; and storytelling, literacy and language.
Almost 200 participants representing the majority of the 29 federally recognized Tribal Nations in Washington attended the last conference hosted by the Tulalip Tribes. (See photo from that conference during a group activity).

Attendees are responsible for room and travel costs. Eleven STARS hours or NWIC credit are available.

To register, visit  For the Hotel Morano, call 866.986.8083 and reference the conference name to obtain the conference rate.