Kids’ Country Conference

Kids' Country is proud to offer an affordable and fun full-day training event to all childcare professionals in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

20/20 Vision: All Eyes on Afterschool

You’re invited to the 5th Annual Kids’ Country Conference!

This conference will take place on Saturday, March 7th from 8:00am-3:00pm at Quail Run Elementary School. Workshops include, Outdoor Games, Edible Education, Behavior Management, Anti-Bullying, STEAM Education, and so much more! We believe that quality learning opportunities come from well-trained, educated employees who are also caring and nurturing individuals. We believe that that staff who are encouraged to share their own expertise and passions will create dynamic programs that foster unique talents of the children they care for.

The registration fee is $60 per participant until March 6th, 2020. This includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day training! For ticket information, click here.

Key Note Speaker: Rick Rood


Rick Rood has been on the front lines of Out-of-School-Time (OST) programs for over 25 years, working directly with children and front-line staff.  Rick is an OST trainer, an author, and co-creator of the Beyond School Time Conference, and a bold thinker in the OST arena. He also serves on the Leadership Team of the California AfterSchool Network.

Conference Session Topics

Children with Challenging Behavior: Strategies & tips 

Mandi Lee, MA | Developmental Specialist


Integrating STEAM in the Classroom

JP Neang | STEAM Educator , Kids’ Country
Kristin Solis | Head Teacher, Kids’ Country


EPIC Teaching – What’s Behind Truly GREAT Teachers?

Rick Rood |  Teacher & KC Conference Keynote Speaker


Run, Hide, Fight!

Officer Weingarten & Officer Caruso

Danville Police Department


Vision Boards 2020

Lynda Ryan |Program Director


Is It Mean, Is It Rude, or Is Bullying

Stephanie Blakley|Lead Teacher , Kids’ Country
Ann Dipizza|Teacher , Kids’ Country
Nicole Smith|Teacher, Kids’ Country

KC ABC Committee Members


INFLUENCE: The Hidden Key To Behavior Guidance

Rick Rood | Teacher & KC Conference Keynote Speaker


Healthy Snack Options

Elizabeth Castillo | Site Director, Kids’ Country


Escape Room In a Box

Molly Hiatt | Site Director

Mary Galbreath | Head Teacher


Intuitive Art Making

Ariel Goldman | Assistant Site Director , Kids’ Country


I’m Stressed! Be Me for a Little While

(How to Regulate Stress with Empathy)

Laura Curren | Head Teacher, Kids’ Country
Marjan Sharokhani | Teacher , Kids’ Country

KC Mindful Core Committee Heads


The Six Habits of High Performing Teachers

Rick Rood | Teacher & KC Conference Keynote Speaker


“So You Want to Get Promoted?” 

Kiva Ho | Site Director , Kids’ Country


Indoor Sports

Matt Montemayor | Site Director, Kids’ Country
Ryan Gibson | Asst. Site Director, Kids’ Country
Sean Crisostomo Asst. Site Director, Kids’ Country


Kids' Country supports a child's natural curiosity and love of learning in a safe and inspired environment where they can discover their passions and achieve great things.