Strong Foundations Matter Symposium

2017 Strong Foundations Matter Symposium

October 11th: 12:30 PM – 5 PM, Program starts at 1 PM
October 12th: 8 AM – 4 PM

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center & Spa
1001 East McCarty Lane
San Marcos, TX 78666


Using Communities of Practice to navigate a course in support of children, families, and early learning. All hands on deck!

Join other early childhood stakeholders to engage in discussions surrounding critical, relevant, and thought provoking topics. Learn specific strategies that bring real and lasting changes in early childhood systems.



Kim Kofron

Kim Kofron, Senior Program Director

Texas Association for the Education of Young Children


Jill Bella

Jill Bella, Director of Quality Supports and Assistant Professor

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership



Mike Abel, Director of Research and Evaluation

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership


Jodi Whiteman

Jodi Whiteman, Director of Professional Development



Who should attend?

Child Care Center Directors, Administrators and Owners, Public School Administrators, TRS Coaches, Mentors, College and University Faculty, Education Coordinators, Advocates

To maximize the communities of practice experience, we highly recommend groups of community members attend together!


Registration & Payment Options: 

General Registration: $310

Visit our Eventbrite to register and pay online using a credit card.

To pay with a  P.O. or check, registration form 2017 and mail to:

P.O. Box 10047
Austin, Texas 78766


Promotional Code:

We are offering an $85 discount for T4C Taking Charge of Change™ Graduates!
To access the promotional code, please call 512-970-1904 or email



A block of rooms have been reserved at the Embassy Suites Hotel Spa & Conference Center, San Marcos, Texas  for October 10, 2017 – October 12, 2017. The special room rate will be available until September 10th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Reserve your special room rate!



What’s the refund policy?

All cancellations for refunds must be submitted by September 27, 2017.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Austin Bergstrom Airport is located 37 miles from the Embassy Suites Spa & Conference Center. Free parking is available at the Embassy Suites Hotel Spa & Conference Center.

Are there nearby hotels?

Candlewood Suites | 512-749-1717
Courtyard | 512-359-7550
Baymont Inn & Suites | 512-392-6800
Wingate | 830-515-4701

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call or email Cindy Moreland at 512-970-1904 or email