The Missouri Early Learning Conference offers attendees a chance to interact with a variety of exhibitors, from publishers of textbook materials, to sellers of children’s and professional books, to retail exhibitors selling items such as clothing, bags, and jewelry. Here’s a list of exhibitors who have signed up so far.  We will add others to this list as they register:
Meet Our 2017 Missouri Early Learning Conference Sponsor!
Kaplan Early Learning Company

At Kaplan Early Learning Company, education is the cornerstone of our family business. We provide developmentally appropriate educational products to families and we are a total solution for early childhood educators, offering everything from cribs for your infant/toddler classroom, to curricula for your preschool classroom, and family engagement materials for your elementary classroom. Outside of the classroom, we have dozens of professional development presenters, partnerships for online learning, a full-service playground installation solution and turn-key setup for opening new child care centers.

Our business is less about the business, and more about taking care of our customers. All our employees strive to provide superior customer service. With nearly 50 representatives around the country, someone isn’t far from being able to come help you assess the needs for your specific situation. No matter what the situation, from finding the highest quality daycare furniture to determining the best technology solution for a preschool classroom, we have the people and the passion to help you find the answers you need.

Contact: Sam Schissler
Phone: 1-800-334-2014
Email: sschissler@kaplanco.com
Website: www.kaplanco.com

Silver and Gold Level Exhibitors
Columbia College

Columbia College is a small private college located in Columbia, Missouri. The Day Campus at Columbia College is small enough to make sure every student receives individualized attention, yet large enough to offer a variety of degree programs and activities to provide you with an enriching college experience.

Contact: Janette Nichols
Phone: 573-875-7352
Email: admissions@ccis.edu
Website: www.ccis.edu

Grand Canyon Univeristy

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is dedicated to providing academic excellence while leading a movement of service and leadership in a Christian setting.  Our biblically-rooted mission was built upon making a difference in the lives of others and unleasing an opportunity for quality, affordable education through a Christian worldview.  Traditional and online learning options provide an opportunity for students to achieve their goals flexibly and conveniently, allowing faculty and staff to concentrate on students’ success within a nurturing Christian setting.

Contact: Matt Walker
Phone: 602-639-7641
Email: Matt.Walker@gcu.edu
Website: www.gcu.edu/udc/matt.walker

Lakeshore Learning Materials

Since 1954, Lakeshore Learning Materials has been providing schools with innovative products, training and customized materials. Designed to meet state and national standards in early childhood and elementary education, our top-quality products are ideal for use throughout the curriculum.

Contact: Derek Krogh
Phone: 800-421-5354  X 7484
Email: dkrogh@lakeshorelearning.com
Website: www.lakeshorelearning.com

Missouri Care- A Wellcare Company

Missouri Care is a Missouri HealthNet Managed Care Plan providing health insurance to low income families, pregnant women, and children in the State of Missouri.  We provide health insurance for medical, behavioral health, dental, and vision to our members.  Qualification is through the Division of Family Services MO HealthNet Program.

Contact: Renee Hendrickson
Phone: 573-441-2113
Email: Alishag.burger@wellcare.com
Website: https://www.wellcare.com/en/Missouri

Origami Owl

Tell YOUR unique story with Origami Owl’s custom line of jewelry! Our Living Lockets and hand-painted charms help you express the things that are most important to you. So what’s YOUR story?

Contact: Amiee Jonson
Phone: 573-202-0942
Email: acharmingstory@gmail.com
Website: www.charmed.origamiowl.com

The Springfield Stage Company

The Springfield Stage Company offers puzzles, novelties, and used books at discount prices.

Contact: John Kromas and Curtis White
Phone: 417-860-9197
Email: spstage0161@gmail.com

Constructive Playthings

For more than 60 years,  Constructive Playthings has been committed to fostering early education. We are proud to be recognized for our quality products and excellent customer service by teachers across the country. Now in the third generation of family ownership, our Kansas City based company has been committed to providing educational products that inspire learning, creativity, and fun to young children of all abilities. 

Contact: Sandy Patchen
Phone: 816-965-2502
Email: spatchen@constructiveplaythings.com
Website: constructiveplaythings.com

Gulinogroup LLC

The mission of Gulinogroup is to make the world a better place by helping develop leadership skills in all individuals with whom we associate. We offer leadership consulting and resources to new and experienced leaders and quality educational resources to educators.

Contact: Joseph Gulino
Phone: 573-424-1046
Email: gulinogroup@gmail.com
Website: @gulinogroup on Facebook

Learning Connections

Learning Connections is a company that creates parent involvement kits for ages birth to three and preschool through 5th grades.  Many of the kits are available in Spanish, as well.

Contact: Judy Guenzel
Phone: 402-423-6941
Email: judy@learningconnectionsweb.com
Website: learningconnectionsweb.com

Missouri Department of Conservation

Contact: Stephanie McKinney & Steven Juhlin
Phone: 573-522-4115 X3175
Email: steven.juhlin@mdc.mo.gov
Website: http://www.mdc.gov/education

ORIGO Education

ORIGO Education publishes and covers all facets of primary mathematics education: from traditional printed products to digital, interactive resources and professional learning.  Our products range from the core curriculum to visual aids and manipulatives.  ORIGO demonstrates a commitment to excellence by creating products that inspire and empower teachers and students.

Contact: Theresa Norris
Phone: 913-269-7812
Email: t_norris@origomath.com
Website: http://www.origoeducation.com

Thirty-One Gifts

Thirty-One is a faith-based company based on Proverbs 31: “The Virtuous Woman.”  Their mission is to celebrate, encourage, and reward women through offering quality products and an outstanding opportunity to become successful business owners.

Contact: Gretchen Barnes
Phone: 573-433-4879
Email: gmbarnes99@yahoo.com
Website: www.BarnesBags.com

Educational Solutions International

Educational Solutions International LLC is dedicated to supporting teachers through high-quality professional development opportunities, as well as providing educators with the best professional books through our partners at Stenhouse, Corwin, and Scholastic.  Educational Solutions runs the annual Missouri Early Learning Conference (for pre-K and primary grades teachers) and the Write to Learn Conference (for K-12 language arts teachers) in Missouri.

Contact: Willy Wood
Phone: 573-356-1572
Email: info@missouriearlylearning.com
Website: www.missouriearlylearning.com

Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal-LaGrange is a four-year Christian university fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  It offers undergraduate, graduate, online, and degree completion programs.  HLGU is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist).  Founded in 1858 in LaGrange, Missouri, the campus moved downriver to Hannibal in 1928.

Contact: Dr. Jill Arnold
Phone: 573-629-3103
Email: jarnold@hlg.edu
Website: www.hlg.edu

McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science company that provides customized educational content, software, and services for Pre-K through post-graduate education.

Contact: Molly Musson
Phone: 913-485-3913
Email: molly.musson@mheducation.com
Website: www.mheducation.com

Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention

Local public health agencies throughout Missouri work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians every year. These agencies address a wide range of public health issues, from assessing the health risks of environmental problems to providing emergency services during natural disasters. Local public health agencies protect food safety by inspecting restaurants and grocery stores, and they work to control communicable diseases such as flu and tuberculosis and to alleviate chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Contact: Alexandra Berkley
Phone: 573-751-0162
Email: alexandra.berkley@health.mo.gov
Website: health.mo.gov

The Quirkles/Fuddlebrook School Science Series/Creative 3, LLC

Add a dash of awesome science to your day with the Quirkles, a 26 book alphabet series and related materials.  A great way to integrate literacy and science, the Quirkles offer hands-on activities, fun alliteration, and whimsical illustration.  Check out the Fuddlebrook School Science Series, too.  Meet Mrs. Wigglebum, her students, an Ted the class pet hamster, Herman Tweed, as they encounter science in fun and relatable ways!

Contact: Terri Johnson and Brock James
Phone: 800-866-1360
Email: terri.johnson@quirkles.com
Website: www.quirkles.com and www.fuddlebrook.com

Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library

Wolfner Library is a free library service for Missourians who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Materials are mailed to and from library patrons at their homes, postage paid. There is no charge, whatsoever, to the patron. Currently, over 11,000 Missourians actively use Wolfner Library.

Contact: Abbey Rimmel
Phone: 573-751-8720
Email: Mary.adams@sos.mo.gov
Website: www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner

If You Wish to Exhibit…
If you are an exhibitor who would like to exhibit at the 2017 Missouri Early Learning Conference, click on the links below to get more information (“Exhibitor Letter”) and to fill out the paperwork to become an exhibitor (“Exhibitor Form”).  We would love to have you meet our teachers!