Nathan Cureton
Nathan joins us for a second year! 
Nathan Cureton is a passionate speaker, author, and leader. His book Empowered, a novel for teachers, is a must-read resource for all educators and is now a required text at Utah State University. Also, as president of LiFT Consulting, Nathan is known as the region’s “go-to” speaker on building classroom cultures of success, being highly requested for keynotes and workshops at schools, districts, conferences, and universities. He will be presenting a 2 part session in the afternoon. His session is highly recommended for Pre-k, Head Start, Leadership, and K-2 Teachers

Beth Block

Beth joins us again for 2018!

Beth and her husband Steven have been in the business of risk management for early child hood providers since 1989! 

Beth recognizes the unique liability issues that affect child care providers and has been  providing insights and education on protecting you and your business, as an educator since 1998. 

Her sessions are a unique opportunity for all early childhood business owners, including family providers!


Utah Early Childhood Conference 

Featured Presenters

Libbie Poppick

Brings over 25 years of business, nonprofit, and private foundation work to Shared Services, with a strong understanding of the many business and organizational issues faced by the child care sector. 

Presenting in Session 1 and Session 2

These sessions are recommended for all in leadership roles, and especially owners of child care centers and family child care. 

Sue has over 25 years of experience in the field of early childhood education that includes classroom teaching, teacher coaching and training and program administration. Sue’s thesis work explored resiliency in Head Start preschoolers and that interest in resiliency continues today.

Sue's presentations are recommended for all attendees. 

Bradley Smith

​A frequent presenter at NAEYC He currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Institute of Child Care Management.  As a nationally known speaker, and published author his quick wit and light hearted approach make him easy to listen to as he takes complicated issues and makes them seem simple. Bradley’s experience includes: 30 years as a public speaker and adult educator, 20 years as an instrumental leader in key roles in Non-Profit organizations, 15 years as a for profit business partner and consultant, 15 years as a full time consultant and trainer in the Early Education arena and 12 years as the executive Director of NICCM. 

Bradley will be presenting all 3 session on Friday Leadership Day and All 3 Sessions on Saturday. His sessions are highly recommended to Child Care Leadership and Administration. 

Ron Roybal

Ron has been working at the University of Colorado Denver since 2003. His responsibilities have included the LEAP USA and LEAP Outreach projects, the Professional Development in Autism project, the Colorado Autism Project, TACSEI and CSEFEL. He presents at national challenging behavior conferences and professional development / staff development days around the country. Prior to being an educational consultant, Ron was a teacher in an early childhood inclusive classroom for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and typically developing students. ​

Ron will be joining us all day for the Friday Leadership Day. 

Diana Brown

Diana Brown, M.Ed has been a professional educator since 1988. She has a B.A. from Arizona State University and an M.A. from Northern Arizona University. As a classroom teacher, she realized that managing student behavior was the number one concern of educators. The majority of classroom management systems had children asking, “What do I get if I’m good,” or “What will happen to me if I’m bad?” The search was on to find a better way to interact with children and reconnect to the joy of teaching

Presenting in Session 2 and 3.

Her sessions are recommended for all attendees.