camp fire early childhood virtual conference march 5 & 6, 2021, early childhood is no small matter
Rachel Giannini, keynote speaker

Virtual Online Conference, March 5 & 6, 2021

Keynote Rachel Giannini
Childhood specialist, video blog host
& featured in No Small Matter

Play is not just child’s work, it is how we as educators inspire, grow and connect. Come learn with us as we welcome Keynote Rachel GianniniHer specialty is creating content which checks the box for early learning standards yet is engaging, memorable, outside of the box, and most of all – FUN! 

This year’s two-day virtual conference kicks off with a special screening of the documentary No Small Matter, which also features Giannini working in her classroom in 2015 and will extend to incorporate traditionalhigh engagement learning tracks tailored to: Infant/Toddler teachers, Pre-K teachers, School Age/After School teachers and Director/Assistant Director/Leadership.  

The conference will be packed with opportunities to network, visit vendor booths, meet new colleagues and create a deeper connection with our incredible community of early educators in Texas and beyond! How Do I Attend this Virtual Event?

About the Film 

No Small Matter is a feature-length documentary film and national engagement campaign that brings public attention to this vital question by sharing powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education to benefit America’s social and economic future. This multifaceted project reveals how our country is raising its youngest citizens, why making the most of this time in their lives is so crucial, and most importantly, what we can do to change the perception of when learning begins.  The first major theatrical documentary to tackle this topic, No Small Matter is designed to kick-start the public conversation about early care and education. 

no small matter movie cover

Conference At-A-Glance

Friday, March 5

7-8:30 p.m. – 45-minute viewing of No Small Matter and a Q & A with Keynote, Rachel Giannini

Saturday, March 6

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Age specific learning tracks & Optional VIP Community Panel facilitated by Keynote.

Saturday Learning Tracks 

Each track will provide in-depth, interactive professional learning geared to your classroom. PLUS! Break outs and real-time networking will allow you time to genuinely connect with others in your profession.  


  • Connecting Games to Play 
  • Beyond Wheels on the Bus 
  • Business Leader Panel (optional) 
  • Teaching for the child’s perspective to build social/emotional development 


  • Sensory Processing 
  • DAP Math concepts & activities 
  • Business Leader Panel (optional) 
  • Brain States 

School Age/After School   

  • Bully Busters 
  • Business Leaders Panel 
  • “I’m too old for daycare”- Activities to liven up your afterschool program 

Director/Assistant Director/Leadership  

  • Leading while Connecting during these unusual times 
  • Build a BRAND New Culture
  • Business Leaders Panel (optional) 
  • Effective Ways to Handle Conflict 

Three Learning Tiers & Pricing 

Sign up for the sessions targeted to your professional learning goals. 

$25  Friday Only

Viewing of No Small Matter + discussion hosted by Rachel Gionnini (1.5 training hours )

$45 Full Conference

Friday viewing & discussion + full track of Saturday Sessions & Networking (6 training  hours )

$35 Business Leader Panel with Rachel Gionnini

Friday viewing & discussion +  Saturday Business Leaders Panel & Networking (2.5 training hours)

Have questions? Need help registering a large staff group? Contact Us.

Registration prices will increase by $10 on Tuesday, February 16.

Session Presenters

Carole Blackmon
Beth Cannon
Ashley Fairleigh
Diane Goyette
Shela Mobarek
Lara Pauley
Prerna Richards
Keith Scott
Albert Wright

Business Leader Panel

Building on the topics addressed in No Small Matter, we have assembled a dynamic panel of early education, government and community leaders who will join keynote, Rachel Giannini, addressing themes raised in the film and how it applies to OUR communities in Texas. This high-energy session will open for audience Q&A. Limited spaces available. 

Panel to Include: 


Want to learn about 2021 sponsorship opportunities?
Contact Carole Blackmon at [email protected] or 214.557.6601.

Virtual Exhibitors

Want to learn about 2021 virtual exhibitor opportunities?
Contact Carole Blackmon at [email protected] or 214.557.6601.

How Do I Attend this Virtual Event?

This quick video will walk you through signing up, accessing and making the most of this year’s virtual conference.

Have questions? Contact us at 817.831.2111 or email [email protected].