Camp GWC

Saturday, April 10, 2021
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Central Community Church
6100 W. Maple, Wichita, KS

You are in for a treat! Camp GWC, formerly Growing With Children, is the largest early childhood conference in the area. Each year over 350 professionals from across the state join together for a full day of learning, meeting other professionals, shopping, prizes, and fun.

Each year we look forward to new and exciting topics so you can walk away with ideas ready to implement! Plus, licensed child care providers receive up to 8 in-service hours.

Who Should Attend

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Program Directors & Assistant Directors
  • Head Start/Early Head Start staff
  • Students
  • Parents
  • Community members interested in early care and education

2020 Camp GWC Cancelled

Every year, we look forward to connecting with our early childhood community at Camp GWC and sharing our vision for the future that we’re building together. But given the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the event for this year, rescheduling to April 10, 2021.

This was a tough call to make – Camp GWC is an incredibly important event for Child Start and it’s one of our favorite ways to celebrate all of you — but we need to prioritize the health and safety of our partners, employees and everyone who helps put Camp GWC on. We explored other ways to hold the event, but it’s important to us to host an inclusive event and it didn’t feel right to have Camp GWC without the in-person experience.

In the meantime, we are dedicated to providing all of our services, including training, virtually.  You can find more about this on our website,  Thanks for your patience and understanding — and we look forward to seeing you at Camp GWC 2021 on April 10th!

About The Conference

Camp GWC Schedule

2021 Conference Schedule

7:00 amDoors Open, Exhibits Open, Snacks, Coffee
7:45 amSessions Open
8:00 amKeynote featuring MiSTER B Begins
9:30 amKeynote Ends, Exhibits Open, Snacks
9:45 amSessions Open
10:00 am Session 2 Begins
11:30 am Session 2 Ends, Lunch Begins, Exhibits Open
12:15 pm Sessions Open
12:30 pm Session 3 Begins, Lunch Ends
2:00 pmSession 3 Ends, Exhibits Open, Snack Break
2:15 pmSessions Open
2:30 pmSession 4 Begins, Exhibit hall closed
4:00 pmSession 4 Ends, Conference over

Conference Registration:

Early BirdRegularWalk-oin
Child Start Members$60$70$85

NEW! Keynote Only Pass: $30

Session Descriptions

Camp GWC Keynote (8:00 am – 9:30 am)

Just interested in the keynote? We have Keynote Only tickets available this year!

Who’s Attending

2020 Camp GWC Sponsors

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!  They help make this conference a success!

Official Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Camp GWC Presenters

Camp GWC Exhibitors

Here are the businesses you can expect to see in the Camp GWC Exhibit hall!   Updated as new exhibitors received.

Be Involved

Volunteer at Camp GWC

It takes a village to run such an elaborate event like Camp GWC and we couldn’t do it without some helping hands!  Each year, Camp GWC needs around 60 volunteers on the conference day.  Volunteers help check our participants in, help our presenters with setup, serve lunch, and more!  This is a perfect opportunity for local groups to participate together or individuals looking to help out for a day.  All volunteers receive a certificate of service and a warm THANK YOU for their help!  Learn more about volunteering by downloading our Volunteer Packet.

Exhibit for Camp GWC

Our campers love to shop!  As an exhibitor, you can capture almost two hours of face time with 400 attendees!  Our audience is 95% women and all work with children!  This is a perfect opportunity for businesses in the following sectors:  toys, children’s activities, education, clothing, accessories, shopping, fitness, etc.  We have brought back select your space and added even more opportunities to exhibit!  We will fill up fast so reserve yours early!  Learn more about exhibiting and other advertising opportunities by downloading the Advertiser Packet.

Advertise at Camp GWC

Make sure your business is seen!  We send out over 2,000 registration brochures and your ad could be included!  We have additional advertisement opportunities including our conference program to fit almost any budget.  Learn more about advertising and other business opportunities by downloading the Advertiser Packet.

Sponsor Camp GWC

Sponsorship has its perks and is critical to the success of Camp GWC!  We offer multiple levels of sponsorship that help us bring in high-quality speakers, yummy food, and provide the best experience for our campers.  All sponsorship levels include exhibit space (some at the Showcase level), ads in our marketing materials, sign or banner recognition, and free conference passes you can use for your own marketing purposes.  Our Official Sponsor (only one available) has even more additional perks for the ultimate marketing opportunity for your business.  Limited sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Tanya Bulluck at 316-682-1853 to discuss Sponsorship opportunities or view our Sponsorship Opportunities handout.

Donate to Camp GWC

Be an early childhood champion!  We want to expose the early childhood community to a wide variety of local products and services available.  Even if you or a business you know is unable to exhibit or advertise, all contributions are valuable!  We need donations for door prizes, raffles, volunteer & presenter gifts, and conference packet stuffers (can be branded).