Friday April 26 | Saturday April 27


Initiative Conference is the amazing annual event for child care professionals, educators, and parents of young children. Focused on child development, activities, infant toddler needs, media, marketing, entrepreneurship, tech, social impact, leadership and more, Initiative is two days of impactful speakers, actionable programming, and interactive activities.line




Chief Morale Officer Kirk Weisler has shared the everyday things leaders can do to positively influence, nurture, and build super COOL cultures and high-performance teams to over 50,000 leaders the world over. He will present Keynote addresses both days and a workshop on Saturday. In addition, he will present The Dog Poop Initiative Friday Evening.

The Dog Poop Initiative

Friday April 26 7 PM

tickets for this presentation may be purchased separately

the presentation is included in conference ticket pricing



Boeing Aircraft has used this book in its Sigma Six Lean training program. We have the opportunity to learn about taking Initiative from the author.
Take the initiative to positively influence, nurture, and build the teams in your life including your family, your day care families, your work team.





General Admission Tickets

General Admission includes:

Kirk Weisler's morning keynotes and workshops

1 or 2 full days of classes with essential training for those in the child care industry

Lunch, included in the conference fee, is catered exclusively by Minerva's Restaurant

A copy of The Dog Poop Initiative

Conference Essentials Kit including a notebook, program, pen and other must-haves!

Gift Bag filled with goodies from our partners


 VIP FCCPSD Insider Tickets

FCCPSD Insider includes:

All General Admission features PLUS:

An autographed copy of The Dog Poop Initiative

Personalized Table Tent to Reserve Seating in the Ballroom

$25 Insider Vendor Gift Card when a registered FCCPSD Guest of the on site Ramkota Hotel

$15 Insider Silent Auction Gift Card when you volunteer to help at conference

Insider Gift Basket with exclusive goodies from our partners

An Usborne book from a conference partner

Insider Friday Evening Banquet with Kirk Weisler

FCCPSD 2019 membership

FCCPSD Member Newsletter subscription

Access to the FCCPSD closed Face Book Group

5% off Lakeshore purchases and Free Shipping on orders > $100

Member recognition ribbon

A chance to win a free conference admission for Conference 2020

A chance to win an Usborne Book Gift Set (valued at $79)

And more!


The Dog Poop Initiative Tickets

DPI tickets give admission to Kirk Weisler's Friday evening presentation and a copy of his book






Watertown Event Center

Ramkota Hotel

Minervas Restaurant

The Watertown Event Center has you covered all under one roof. Attached to the center is the award-winning Minervas Restaurant with full bar. Minervas offers daily menu item specials and weekly dinner specials. Attached to Minervas is the Ramkota Hotel featuring 101 rooms, indoor swimming pool, and exercise room.

Book your room by March 25 to reserve your special 95.99 rate at the Ramkota by calling 605-886-8011 and stating you are booking with Family Child Care Professionals of South Dakota Inc. These rooms are available April 25–28, 2019.

Suites are available for a special price of $145.99.

Ramkota Website

Each spacious room includes:

Free wireless Internet access
Flat-screen TVs
Comfortable pillow-top beds with beautiful linens and plenty of pillows
In-room coffee maker
A well-lit work desk
Iron and full-size ironing board
Hair dryer
Whirlpool Suites and Executive Suite are furnished with a sofa, refrigerator, and microwave.

Hotel Amenities

As a guest, you'll also enjoy many amenities, including:
Free WiFi
Free morning coffee and USA Today newspaper
Complimentary hot continental breakfast. Includes cereal, eggs, yogurt, granola bars, juice, and more, served daily from 6–9 AM
Indoor heated pool and whirlpool
Children's game area
Business center with guest computer and printer in lobby
Room Service is available for lunch and dinner
Award-winning Minervas Restaurant & Bar in-house
Express check-out available Monday through Friday mornings
Nearby access to Lake Kampeska and Lake Pelican
Hotel is attached to the Watertown Event Center
Fitness room
Free parking with room for boats and large vehicles
Pets welcome (except in Whirlpool Suites and Executive Suite)




just so you know

The conference is open to the public.

16.5 state-creditable training hours are offered.

There will be a keynote presentation by Kirk Weisler each morning. He will present Friday evening and also will offer a breakout workshop Saturday morning.

The lunch format is a lunch with a presentation, a "Lunch and Learn." These are included in the conference ticket price.

Four (4) breakout sessions will run concurrently.

There is limited seating for Insider tickets. Get your ticket early to reserve your spot!

Single-day or Two-day tickets are available. Separate admission tickets to the Friday Evening Session are available.
Tickets are refundable until April 3 less a $10 administration fee. After that they are transferable until April 18.

Initiative will be held on Friday, April 26 through Saturday, April 27 at the Watertown Event Center, 1901 9th Ave SW, Watertown, SD 57201. Registration opens at 7 AM and programming runs from 7:45 AM through 5:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday. The Friday evening session runs from 7 PM to approximately 8:30 PM.

Breakfast is complimentary through the Ramkota, if you are a registered guest of the hotel. Lunch will be provided for each attendee. An FCCPSD Insider Banquet will be held 5:45–6:45 PM in the Coteau Room. Seating is limited to those holding Insider tickets.

Speakers and schedules will be announced January 10.

All attendees are invited to watch each keynote address. Please note the best seats for the keynote presentation are reserved for those holding FCCPSD Insider Tickets.

Members of the media can apply to receive a complimentary Press Pass to attend Initiative and cover it for their outlet. To apply for a Press Pass, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Space is limited.

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