Take your thinking to a higher level...share your research and wealth of knowledge and experience at this year's NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando! Your work in the vast field of early childhood education and child development is critical. This is your opportunity to inform and inspire your community!
Submit your proposal for the 2015 Annual Conference by January 25, 2015. All proposals should reflect research and/or practical experience that is innovative, well-grounded, and consistent with the principles of effective adult learning in a conference setting. Proposals must be submitted online. NAEYC will inform you of your status regardless if the proposal is accepted or not.
2015 Track Changes
Note we are working to streamline NAEYC's proposal submission and conference convening processes. Thus, content that has historically been addressed by NAEYC conference sessions may now be considered as part of other tracks. For example, we have eliminated the track "Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care." Proposal submitters who would like to present a session on this topic can complete proposal under a relevant track, such as Teaching/Instructional Practices- Program Administration, Family Engagement, etc.-and be sure to include in the title and/or description that the proposed session will address Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care.
The Grandes Comienzos track features the following types of sessions:
- Sessions on best practices in early childhood education in Latin America and the United States (conducted in Spanish)
- Early childhood education related to Latin American communities in the United States and to Latin American countries (conducted in English)
NAEYC is working to integrate the Spanish proposal submission process into our overall conference proposal process. If you are bilingual in Spanish and English, please submit your proposals (written in Spanish) to NAEYC's system here. If you need a proposal form entirely in Spanish, please download the form here and send your completed copy to Megan Worthington: mworthington@
Note: Sessions on dual-language learning regarding home languages other than Spanish should be submitted to the Language and Literacy track.
The Great Start--Chinese Language Track will include sessions conducted in Mandarin on early childhood development in China. The process for submitting proposals in Mandarin will be announced in the coming week. Proposals written in English will be accepted at this time.
Submitting a proposal
The online proposal form provides detailed instructions on how to complete a submission. Please note: An individual's name should appear on only one proposal. NAEYC is not responsible for scheduling conflicts that might arise if an individual's name appears on more than one accepted proposal.
Most sessions are 1.5 hours in duration. Please consider the session length when submitting your proposal. Some of the information required for every proposal is as follows:
- Session track (Click on "Session track" for complete list)
- Session length- 1.5 hours, 3 hours (Wednesday only), History seminar, Research poster session
- Presenter contact information
- Session purpose
- Session title
- Summary of the proposal
- For research submissions only: Instead of the summary, these submissions require the stated purpose, methods, results, and implications of the research. These proposals may be accepted as regular sessions or as poster sessions.
- Presenter qualifications
- Room setup
- Audiovisual equipment: NAEYC will provide a standard audiovisual equipment setup which includes a screen, an LCD projector, and stand. One table microphone or one podium mic will also be provided per session. For sessions with four or more presenters, an additional table mic will be provided.
- Any additional AV equipment is at the presenter's expense. Laptops will not be provided-you will need to bring your own. Laptops and other equipment can be rented through our AV vendor.
If your proposal is selected, you can register for the conference at the reduced presenter rate. Details about the discounted presenter fee will be e-mailed with acceptance letters.
No Sales policy: NAEYC’s stated policy is that presenters may not sell products in session rooms. Presenters are not permitted to sell products before, during or after their session at the Annual Conference. If you would like to purchase a booth in NAEYC's Exhibit Hall, please visit the Exhibitors & Advertisers page. More information will be posted in the coming months.
Please e-mail NAEYC's Conference Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-424-2460.
Know Your Audience
NAEYC's Annual Conference and Expo attracts the best and brightest of the early childhood education community. Researchers, educators, advocates, and other professionals register for the conference to stay up-to-date on the latest trends emerging in the classroom, network with colleagues, and hear from thought-leaders within the community.
NAEYC is continuously seeking to attract the next generation of leaders within the early childhood field, and recently launched a "Conference Mentorship" program that connects young professionals with NAEYC Governing Board and Council members to help foster their dedication to young children. This innovative and collaborative approach to the membership experience, along with NAEYC's bold new strategic direction, helps to ensure that the NAEYC Annual Conference remains the most important event in the early childhood education community every year.