Introducing Our Fall Conference Keynote Speaker: Lauren Wiley

We are so pleased to have Lauren Wiley as our keynote speaker at the MaineAEYC Fall Conference: Hungry for Connection: Social Emotional Development Birth through Age Eight.  Her keynote address will be focused on “The Goodness of Fit in Attachment”.  Attachment is a process that occurs through a relationship between at least two individuals. Children use early attachments as models for behavior; sometimes favorable and other times more challenging or difficult. What if we pause for a moment longer to wonder why certain behaviors or even certain children are more challenging and difficult for us than others? What makes children behave in different ways with different adults? What makes it possible for a “goodness of fit” or “attachment” to exist between a child and an adult? Lauren will share ideas and thoughts that provide insight into the answers to these questions. She will use attachment as a lens to look closely at our reaction to the challenging and difficult behaviors so that we can understand them better and respond in ways that are more effective.

Lauren Wiley, M.Ed., holds a Master’s Degree and certificates in Infant Mental Health from Erikson Institute and is an Illinois-certified Type 04 Early Childhood teacher. Lauren earned the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Credential in 2012.

Lauren has extensive experience using a reflective, relationship-based approach in her work with children, parents, and early childhood professionals in school systems, mental health agencies, home visiting programs, and residential treatment programs. She has consulted on the assessment and treatment of young children, adolescents, and their families in the Early Intervention System, the Department of Children and Family Services, community health agencies, home visiting programs, and residential treatment facilities.  Lauren’s consultative work with teachers has been featured in the Hechinger Report and the New York Times.

The Conference will be held:

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME
7.0 training hours

MaineAEYC members are eligible for a *special* reduced registration rate!

If you’d like to register online, please visit
(Note: you will need an active PayPal account to complete the online registration process).

This event is sponsored through a collaboration between Maine Roads to Quality at the University of Southern Maine, the Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services, the Family Child Care Association of Maine, the Maine Children’s Alliance, and the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children.

Hope to see you there!