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November 14–17, 2018 Washington, DC

2018 NAEYC Annual Conference Preliminary Program

Don’t Miss the Early Childhood Event of the Year! Join us November 14–17 in Washington, DC, to connect with colleagues and explore new ideas in the early childhood profession.

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Dear Friends, It is time to network, learn and let your voice be heard as we gather together in Washington, DC this November. We hope you’ll join us at the 2018 Annual Conference for an event you won’t want to miss. This year’s conference will inspire, empower, and motivate you to take action and make a difference in the lives of our youngest children. We have planned another year of thought-provoking sessions, exciting events, expo and shop activities and more. At the end of the conference you’ll be ready to hit the ground running to provide quality early learning. I’m excited to announce that this year’s keynote presentation will highlight the life and legacy of Fred Rogers and his groundbreaking television show. This session will feature clips from the critically acclaimed film about Rogers’ career as a children’s television pioneer, and a panel discussion with the film’s producers, including Fred’s wife, Joanne Rogers. Rhian Evans Allvin Chief Executive Officer

If you’re arriving to Annual Conference early, don’t forget to sign up for our Pre-Conference workshops, and plan to experience the exciting attractions in the Nation’s Capital. Attending Annual Conference is your opportunity to speak out for your profession, the young children, families and communities that you serve. Whether you’re a seasoned trailblazer in the field, or an emerging leader ready to amplify the profession, we can’t wait to see you in DC.


2018 NAEYC Annual Conference

Keynote Presentation

Continue the Conversation

Reflecting on the Legacy of Fred Rogers through the 2018 documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

What Would Fred Rogers Do?

On Wednesday, November 14, kick off your Annual Conference experience with a keynote presentation that takes you behind the scenes of the film critics say is, “one of the best documentaries ever made.” Clips from the film highlight an insightful discussion on Rogers’ dedication to protecting childhood. Panel includes Joanne Rogers, widow of Fred Rogers; Nicholas Ma, film producer of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and previous director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Childrens Media; William Isler, former president and CEO of The Fred Rogers Company.

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Join Junlei Li, previous director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media for follow up question and answer sessions following the Opening Plenary on Thursday. Li will explore Fred Rogers’ approach to cultivating children’s learning and development. This session will be available in English and Mandarin.

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2018 NAEYC Annual Conference

Why Should I Attend? NAEYC’s Annual Conference is the largest early childhood education gathering in the world. Thousands travel globally to explore new ideas in the profession. You can expect to see fellow early childhood teachers, administrators, directors, students, home-based service providers, researchers and more!

Attend NAEYC's 2018 Annual Conference Join us November 14–17 in Washington, DC, to connect with colleagues and explore new ideas in the early childhood profession. You will experience:






Early Childhood Professionals

Industry Experts

Innovative Sessions

Exhibitor Booths


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What’s in it for me? ›› Take advantage of unlimited networking opportunities.

›› Experience NAEYC Shop and Expo activities to connect with exhibitors and experience products that advance the early childhood education profession.

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›› Attend diverse sessions including sessions in Mandarin and Spanish.


Schedule at a Glance Take a peek at the sessions that will be offered at the 2018 Annual Conference. Use the itinerary planner to browse sessions by presenter, topic, keyword, and scheduling information.

Tuesday, November 13

Friday, November 16

8:30/9:00 AM-3:00/4:00 PM Pre-Conference Workshops 1:00-7:00 PM Conference Registration

7:00 AM-5:00 PM 8:00-9:30 AM 10:00 AM-6:00 PM 10:00-11:30 AM 11:30 AM-1:00 PM 12:00-12:45 PM 1:00-2:30 PM 1:00-2:30 PM 3:00-4:30 PM 7:30-10:30 PM

Wednesday, November 14 7:00 AM-6:00 PM 8:15-11:15 AM 12:00-3:00 PM 3:30-5:00 PM 5:00-7:00 PM

Conference Registration Sessions Sessions Opening Keynote Address Expo Grand Opening

Thursday, November 15 7:00 AM-5:00 PM 8:00-9:30 AM 10:00 AM-6:00 PM 10:00-11:30 AM 11:30 AM-1:00 PM 1:00-2:30 PM 3:00-4:30 PM

Conference Registration Sessions Expo Sessions Lunch Options ($) in the Expo Sessions Sessions

Conference Registration Sessions Expo Sessions Lunch Options ($) in the Expo NAEYC Meet the Candidates NAEYC Annual Business Meeting and Town Hall Sessions Sessions Double Feature Film Screenings

Saturday, November 17 7:00 AM-11:00 AM 8:00-9:15 AM 9:30-10:45 AM 11:00 AM-12:15 PM 12:30-1:45 PM

Conference Registration Sessions Sessions Sessions Closing Celebration

Hours are subject to change.

We are grateful for the support of our generous sponsors!


2018 NAEYC Annual Conference

Featured Sessions You don’t want to miss this year’s featured sessions! President’s Seminar

Supporting early mathematics development

If not us, then who? Advocacy, policy and making a difference!

Research-based practices and resources for teacher educators, teachers, and families

Zaina Cahill, Children's Village; Rachel Giannini, Chicago Children's Museum; Mary Graham, Children's Village; Llanet Montoya, Llanet's Family Child Care; Amy O'Leary, NAEYC President and Strategies for Children (moderator).

Linda Platas, San Francisco State University; Douglas Clements, University of Denver; Eric Dearing, Boston College

Grandes Comienzos

The power of critical thinking and the great outdoors

Calidad docente y aprendizaje en Kínder

Sue Mankiw, William Paterson University; Ranita Cheruvu, William Paterson University

Yyannú Cruz Aguayo, Inter American Development Bank

Innovation in children’s education A conversation with Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee Charlotte Cole, Sesame Street and Blue Butterfly Collaborative; Katie Maeve Murphy, International Rescue Committee; Alice Wuermli, Global TIES for Children, New York University; Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC Visit for the complete list of Featured Sessions.

The power of education gives power to our profession Sue Russell, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center; Elizabeth Coakley, CB King Memorial School; Bethany Davis, Oak Academy; Shakia Walker, Southeast Children’s Fund Child Development Center II

Transforming from a manager to a leader Establishing a strengths-based team to support your center’s success Bailey Kent, The Children’s Workshop; Nicole Chiello, The Children’s Workshop

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Pre-Conference Workshops Make the most of your Annual Conference experience and register for our Pre-Conference Workshops! These full-day workshops take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the day before Annual Conference begins. *Workshop fee: $199 for NAEYC members | $249 for nonmembers

Tuesday, November 13 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. NAEYC’s Early Learning Programs Accreditation Updated Process NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs has developed a new process and method for achieving and maintaining accreditation. While the heart, integrity and rigor of the accreditation system has remained the same, the 4-step process has undergone a major change in response to the challenges and burdens programs face in achieving accreditation. This workshop will unpack those challenges and burdens, provide an in-depth look at the new assessment items, describe important changes to Standard 6, and review streamlined enrollment, application and candidacy processes. Please note that this process is required for ALL programs beginning with the May 31, 2018 candidacy and renewal cycles.

Completing the NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation Process

Connecting Strengths-Based Powerful Interactions to Teaching and Learning

A Workshop for Higher Education Faculty

by Judy Jablon, Diana Courson, and Nichole Parks

This full-day workshop is designed for higher education faculty who are engaged in the NAEYC Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Program Accreditation (please note, this workshop is not applicable to those pursuing NAEYC SPA Recognition as part of CAEP Accreditation). This workshop will focus on the NAEYC Professional Preparation standards; evaluating sample key assessments, rubrics, and data charts; and using student performance data to improve programs. It will be especially helpful for those who are writing self-study reports, meeting annual reporting requirements, or responding to conditions.

We will examine how the three steps of a Powerful Interaction serve as the frame in which a coach individualizes interactions that reflect the personal style and the unique strengths, interests and needs of the person you are coaching. We will explore the five principles of a Powerful Interactions stance and participants will practice strategies for using Powerful Interactions with adults. Breakfast, lunch, and a copy of Coaching with Powerful Interactions: A Guide for Partnering with Early Childhood Teachers are included in the price of the workshop.

*Note: Annual Conference Registration is not included in the workshop fee.


You must register in advance; on-site registration will not be available. Go to annual/2018/preconference-workshops to register and for more information.

2018 NAEYC Annual Conference

8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Supporting Children with Disabilities in the Classroom

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in Early Childhood

by Pam Brillante

Special Free Workshop (space limited)

by Cate Heroman Embrace a mindset for making and tinkering through engaging, playful experiences. Together we’ll investigate how tinkering and making experiences support fundamental STEM thinking and learning for young children. After this introduction to the fundamentals of tinkering, we’ll dive into NAEYC’s book, Making and Tinkering With STEM: Solving Design Challenges With Young Children. You’ll learn how tinkering, making, and engineering are related and how each has an important role in the early childhood setting. Breakfast, lunch, and a copy of the book are included in the price of the workshop.

The number of children with identified developmental delays and disabilities being included in general education classrooms and programs alongside their peers is increasing every year. Inclusion is a philosophy that best practices for young children are best practices for all young children, and every child is more alike than different. This workshop will explore NAEYC’s book The Essentials: Supporting Young Children with Disabilities in the Classroom and the proactive changes classroom teachers can make to their environments and their activities so that children with delays and disabilities can belong, learn, and be part of their communities. Breakfast, lunch, and a copy of the book are included in the price of the workshop.

NAEYC Expo 7,500 attendees come to the NAEYC Expo to learn, connect and experience all of the early childhood products and solutions exhibitors will showcase. ›› 225+ exhibitor booths ›› NAEYC Career Center ›› NAEYC Members Cafe ›› Special events

›› Opportunities to meet with new and experienced conference attendees about travel, navigating the conference and more.

Advocacy and Action for a Unified Early Childhood Education Profession Next Steps for Power to the Profession Power to the Profession is an initiative to establish a shared framework of career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation that unifies the entire early childhood education profession for ages birth to age 8 and across all settings. Join us to learn how Power to the Profession is advancing and inform the future of the early childhood education profession. Registration is FREE, but space is limited.

NAEYC Shop Visit the NAEYC Shop to stock up on the latest award winning publications, early childhood resources, and classroom supplies.

›› Advocacy opportunities ›› Free headshots ›› Learning labs ›› Prizes and giveaways


Things to do in DC We can’t wait to welcome you to the nation’s capital, Washington, DC! There are endless opportunities for fun when you’re not engaging in conference activities. Explore these popular attractions:


Unique Local Experiences

★ National Air and Space Museum Newseum ★ National Gallery of Art ★ National Museum of Natural History ★ Smithsonian Institution

DC Ducks ★ Smithsonian National Zoo Old Town Trolley Tours Entertainment Cruises ★ The Wharf DC ★ The National Harbor

For the Active Traveler Rock Creek Horse Center City Segway Tours of Washington, DC Great Falls Park

★ Attractions without fees

Monuments and Memorials ★ Arlington National Cemetery ★ United States Air Force Memorial ★ Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial ★ Washington Monument ★ Thomas Jefferson Memorial ★ Lincoln Memorial

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2018 NAEYC Annual Conference

Venture into the City Use the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to explore the nation’s capital. WMATA is the public transportation system that travels through DC and some areas in Maryland and Northern Virginia. (Note: The Mt. Vernon Square 7th Street-Convention Center is the closest metro station to the convention center.) Want to travel to neighboring cities? Go to Union Station and catch a bus or train. D​ownload the Uber or Lyft apps and get a quote for a one-way trip to and from your airport and hotel.

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Find a Travel Partner Are you within driving distance to this year’s Annual Conference? Join our NAEYC Annual Conference: Connect in Advance Facebook group to make new friends or find someone to split travel costs with.

Book Your Flight Whether you’re traveling across states or continents there are a few ways you can get into Washington, DC for the 2018 Annual Conference. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport 1 Aviation Circle Washington, DC 20001 4.6 miles to Downtown DC 4.9 miles to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Washington Dulles International Airport

Baltimore-Washington International Airport

1 Saarinen Cir, Dulles, VA 20166 27.2 miles to Downtown DC 27.9 miles to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

7035 Elm Road, Baltimore, MD 21240 33.1 miles to Downtown DC 32 miles to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Your Stay During the Conference Shuttles For conference hotels that are not within walking distance, NAEYC will provide complimentary shuttle service.

Please stay only at an official NAEYC hotel! NAEYC strives to ensure that you have a great experience at all of our conferences and events. We want you to feel safe and secure and enjoy the hospitality of high-quality accommodations. That’s why we’ve negotiated rates and blocked rooms at the hotels listed in this program. In addition, your reservation at an official Annual Conference hotel will help NAEYC fulfill its contractual obligations and avoid financial penalties. Please

support NAEYC by staying at one of the official Annual Conference hotels.

Housing Alert! Convention Management Resources (CMR) is NAEYC’s Official Housing Company. CMR is the only company authorized by NAEYC that can guarantee rates and accommodations during the Conference dates. Please do not enter into any agreements with housing companies other than CMR to place your hotel room reservations.

Act Now! Housing fills quickly, make your reservation today at annual/2018/housing

Hotel room rates for the 2018 NAEYC Annual Conference include a fee that is provided to the Association to subsidize meeting-related costs.


2018 NAEYC Annual Conference

Official Conference Hotels Hotel


Marriott Marquis Washington, DC $266 (NAEYC Headquarters Hotel)

Double $266



Walk or Ride?




Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown

$250 $250 $270 $270 Walk

Grand Hyatt Washington, DC

$250 $250 $270 $270 Ride

JW Marriott Washington, DC

$276 $276 $296 $296 Ride

Washington Marriott at Metro Center



Embassy Suites Washington, DC $249 $249 Convention Center Hampton Inn Washington Convention Center




$269 $269 Walk

$219 $219 $239 $239 Walk

Cambria Suites Washington, DC $189 $189 $204 $219 Walk Convention Center Hilton Garden Inn Washington, DC Downtown


Morrison-Clark Inn

$239 $239 N/A N/A Walk

Homewood Suites Washington, DC $199 Convention Center Henley Park Hotel









$259 $259 N/A N/A Walk

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2018 NAEYC Annual Conference

Registration Fees and Deadlines

Network. Learn. Let your voice be heard.


One-day member






(Sept. 15–Oct. 12)

(ended Sept. 14)


Early Bird

One-day nonmember


$480 $235


After Oct. 12 $385 $540 $295


Member discount is applied to Standard and Premium Level NAEYC members only. Registration includes complimentary Entry Level NAEYC Membership for nonmembers.

2018 Annual Conference November 14–17, 2018 Washington, DC

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2018 NAEYC Annual Conference Preliminary Program  

This year's Annual Conference is November 14–17 in Washington, D.C.!

2018 NAEYC Annual Conference Preliminary Program  

This year's Annual Conference is November 14–17 in Washington, D.C.!