Evidence-based Practice for Working with Young Children and Their Families


Join us next year!
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 16-17, 2020
St. John’s University, 2850 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, MN 56321

St. John's vista

Please join us at next year’s Summer Institute.

View keynote videos on our YouTube channel

Summer Institute Blog Series

Check out the first in our blog series highlighting takeaways from this year’s Summer Institute! In “Tackling the Tough Stuff,” Angela Tomlin and Stephan Viehweg explored how providers can build relationships with families using their PAUSE framework.

Our second blog post shares takeaways from “Premature Babies and Their Parents,” presented by Dr. Jolene Pearson. Dr. Pearson brought some adorable assistants along: “teaching teddies” that early childhood professionals can use to model infant care for parents!

Check out the third post from our blog series recapping the 2019 Summer Institute! This blog post discusses social communication intervention through a cultural lens.

Our fourth blog post in the series. This post shares some common questions that speech-language-hearing and special education professionals may have about working with culturally and linguistically diverse families.

The fifth blog post takes a look at children’s challenging behaviors from several different angles: education, mental health, and neuroscience.

How can we make sure assessments are really capturing children’s knowledge and skills? This sixth blog post shares takeaways from the 2019 Summer Institute on personalizing assessment practices.

About the Summer Institute

During the Summer Institute:

  • Gain new insights and develop new skills for your work.
  • Interact with other professionals who support infants, toddlers, and young children and their families.
  • Attend plenaries with your peers on Tuesday and Wednesday before your selected session.
  • Enjoy networking and community-building activities like a lunchtime barbecue, an evening dessert reception, and St. John’s all-you-can-eat ice cream and Johnny Bread!


Leaders from Wayzata Public School District’s Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education departments talk about the benefits experienced by staff and the children they serve by attending the Summer Institute together as a team.

Wayzata Public Schools professionals

View the video.


Contact Deb Ottman at dottman@umn.edu or 612-624-7395.

Our funder:

Minnesota Department of Education

Our sponsor:

Minnesota Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children