KAIMH Annual Conference 2021

April 29-30, 2021
Virtual Conference

Conference Details and Registration

Featured Speakers

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Dr. Anne Watson Meeker 

She is the founder of the SING.PLAY.LOVE.® program. Through her writing, product development and workshops, she shares information about the benefits of music and play for supporting early learning and kindergarten readiness and gives easy and practical strategies for embedding both into the daily lives of young children. Her program is being used all over the country and across the globe, most recently making its debut in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.


Shana Schmidt

“Over Our Hearts”-discussion and sharing the evolution of the book based on her experiences & perspective throughout her daughter’s pregnancy and young parenting journey. Shana will take a deeper dive into how ‘listening-in’ unfolded during that time and how it continues to be her go-to when emotionally stuck.

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AEW Nomination

The Alice Eberhart-Wright Visionary Award recognizes outstanding achievements and significant contributions in the field of infant and early childhood mental health.  This award will be presented each year at the KAIMH annual conference. 

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Lana 2020

Congratulations to 2020 ‘Alice Award’ Recipient:

Lana Messner, IMH-E 

Lana has more than 30 years of experience providing technical assistance, coaching and professional development for Head Start programs, teachers in early childhood settings, child care center program administrators, and state level administrators of Child Care Resource and Referral initiatives. She has conducted state and regional research and data collection in early childhood programs in Kansas.

As one of the first group of Board members to achieve the KAIMH Infant Mental Health Endorsement, and as the previous KAIMH Endorsement Coordinator, Lana has a strong foundation in infant and early childhood mental health.  She has extensive experience in developing both face-to-face and online professional development and presenting at local, state, regional and national conferences on a wide variety of topics including infant and early childhood mental health, evaluation and research, program design and implementation, state and local collaboration, diversity, oral health, child abuse prevention, physical activity and nutrition, and professional development.  

Lana lives in Lawrence, KS and enjoys travel, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.