Register for Creating Connections to Shining Stars (CCSS) 2024


Registration Open! Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2024: Creating Connections to Shining Stars is a collaborative effort between Virginia's Part C, Early Intervention and Part B, Early Childhood Special Education programs. The conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for infants, toddlers, and young children, both with and without disabilities.

Keynote Speaker: Eric Litwin

Happiness Simplified! Eric has been researching happiness for over twenty years and weaving the ideas into his bestselling children’s books. In this enjoyable presentation, for busy adults, Eric uses his engaging children's stories and songs to simplify and explain happiness concepts and techniques found in neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness. Audience will walk away ready to cultivate a positive work culture and improve overall well-being.

Registration and hotel room block are now open! Registration and hotel room block will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. As of 4/15, Hotel Roanoke block is full! Please see link for alternate hotel options.
Full Conference including Preconference (July 16-18): $400
Days 2 and 3 (July 17 and 18): $350
Virtual: $225

Pre-Conference Sessions

  • Intended Audience: Early Intervention (Birth to 3), Trauma-Informed Lens: The Impact of Social Determinants of Health on Early Childhood Populations (Presented by: Dr. Anjali Ferguson)
  • Intended Audience: Early Childhood (2-5), Play, Communication, & Collaboration (Presented by: Kristy Hill, Kathleen Wright, and Nora Bryant)
  • Intended Audience: Early Intervention, Early Childhood (Birth to 5), The Polyvagal Perspective: Illuminating the Interplay of Sensory Development, Trauma, Emotional Regulation, and Nervous System Safety (Presented by: Kathleen Yopp)


7/16/2024 - 7/18/2024


Hotel Roanoke
110 Shenandoah Ave NE, Roanoke, VA 24016


Jackie Kilkeary-Vendor Registration


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