Mid-Valley Parenting

Bridges to the Future Conference

Bridges to the Future: Connecting Early Learning to Kindergarten is for early elementary school teachers and early learning professionals to learn and grow in ways to benefit the young children in their lives.  This event is hosted by Mid-Valley Parenting in collaboration with local school districts, Community Action Child Care Resource and Referral, Oregon Child Development Coalition, and Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub, Inc.

This year, the Bridges to the Future theme is Kindergarten Transition and will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 6th & 7th and will take place at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR.  The Werner University Center (link to information about the building) will be the host building for the conference.

Our Goal

The goal of Teach, Integrate, Engage is to support early elementary school teachers and early learning professionals by providing an opportunity to explore different educational workshops to use the knowledge learned for bettering the lives of young children the greater community.

Event Structure

The event will be held over a two day period. The first day, Friday, March 6th will be a full day (8am-4pm), while the second day, Saturday, March 7th will be a half day (9am-2pm). Each morning, during check-in, a small resource fair of local organizations who support children and families will be available to provide information to teachers and early learning professionals that can later be shared with families.  Each day will begin with a keynote speaker, followed by smaller breakout sessions, intended to focus on issues early elementary educator and early learning professionals care about most.  Lunch will be provided to guests and presenters at no charge.  These days are about exploration, integration, and connection.


Click here to Register! 

Questions or concerns? Contact Stephanie Gilbert gilbert.stephanie@co.polk.or.us