NAEYC Conferences

NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8. By connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research, NAEYC advances diverse, dynamic early childhood careers; and we support those professionals who care for, educate, and labor on behalf of young children.

The national association is comprised of nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community, joined by more than 50 affiliates. The association is dedicated to ensuring that every child receives a high-quality early learning experience. Together, we work towards a collective vision: that all young children thrive in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full educational potential.

The core values and beliefs of the NAEYC are rooted in a commitment to the profession. We believe in excellence and innovation, transparency, reflection, diversity and inclusion, equity, opportunity, and collaboration.

We appreciate childhood for the unique stage of life it is, and recognize that children are supported best when in the context of family, culture, community, and society. We acknowledge and celebrate the dignity of each child, and understand that all individuals thrive in an environment of trust and respect.

2019 Annual Conference in Nashville, TN!

The NAEYC Annual Conference will be held November 20-23 at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN.

You will benefit from networking with thousands of teachers, program administrators, students, and researchers. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to explore the latest trends in early childhood education, through hundreds of diverse exhibits and presentations from leaders in the field, including sessions in Mandarin and Spanish.

Attendees can also shop the Expo to purchase award-winning publications, resources, and supplies to support their career back home.

For more information on this conference or any other upcoming events, visit the NAEYC website.

Save the Date!

If Nashville doesn’t fit into your schedule, plan to join us in Anaheim, CA, from November 4-7, 2020.

The NAEYC Public Policy Forum

NAEYC’s 2020 Public Policy Forum is scheduled for February 23-25 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

The Public Policy Forum provides attendees with an opportunity to hone and advance their advocacy skills, no matter their current level of experience. Forum participants will assist their colleagues in creating and promoting a nonpartisan agenda designed to support the early education profession, as well as all the children we serve.

Attendees of the 2020 Public Policy Forum will work together to advance federal and state policy; network with and learn from national and state policy leaders; and gather valuable resources and knowledge. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to build relationships with members of Congress and their staff.

The Public Policy Forum is open to all current NAEYC members. If you would like to attend the conference but are not yet a member of NAEYC, click here to learn more about the many benefits of membership.  

The NAEYC Professional Learning Institute

NAEYC’s Professional Learning Institute is designed for early childhood professionals to gather and connect with colleagues from around the world. The Institute offers another fantastic learning and networking opportunity for those who cannot make our National Conference. Attendees can attend sessions featuring the latest information and research in the field and will enjoy unlimited opportunities to meet with peers, advocates, and authors. The Expo will provide a venue to shop for all of the best resources and supplies.

The next Professional Learning Institute is June 7-10, 2020, in New Orleans, LA. Visit the website for attendee and sponsorship opportunities.