NAEYC national conferences bring together early childhood educators -- teachers, program administrators, students, researchers and teacher educators -- to explore the latest research and learn from one another.
The National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for professionals who prepare, mentor and train early childhood professionals.
NAEYC’s Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for seasoned and emergent leaders in the field of early childhood education. Attendees include program administrators, teacher educators, trainers, coaches, agency officials, advocates, master teachers, and others whose work focuses on quality improvement in programs for young children and their families. The primary goal of the Institute is to deepen participants’ understanding of the expanding early childhood knowledge base; provide a forum for addressing significant, controversial issues affecting young children’s education and development; and help attendees develop skills that improve professional development and practice.
The 2015 Institute theme is The Early Childhood Profession We All Want: What Will It Take To Get Us There?
The 2015 Institute theme focuses on the early childhood profession that we all want, with the goal of identifying the routes to get us there. The Institute’s plenary and one- and two-hour sessions will offer opportunities to analyze the qualifications and competencies of early childhood professionals; systems for ensuring that teaching staff, program administrators, and others are adequately prepared for the positions they will hold in the field; and strategies for providing high-quality ongoing professional development and support.
1. Gain new skills and knowledge.
Choose from more than 200 presentations and discover the ideas, strategies, innovative research, and techniques you need now.
2. Get inspired.
Take time away from your busy schedule to relax, reflect, and recharge as you attend sessions, meet with colleagues, and explore the Exhibit Hall and NAEYC Shop.
3. Build your network.
Meet and learn from hundreds of early childhood educators and leaders from around the country - and the world - who share the same challenges you do.
4. Learn from the experts.
Hear from early childhood researchers, authors, experts, and other thought leaders sharing the newest ideas and research.
5. Experience New Orleans
Take part in the many activities the city has to offer: art, food, markets, history tours, and more!
NAEYC hosts the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, a conference designed for all early childhood professionals, including leaders who prepare, mentor, and support early childhood professionals, as well as program administrators, teacher educators, trainers, teachers, and researchers.
Participants explore the expanding early childhood knowledge base, developing skills that improve professional preparation and practice, and discuss effective, active learning approaches for adults. Opportunities exist to reach attendees via an exhibit or through advertising in the final program.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.