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For Immediate Release:
November 3, 2008
20,000 Educators Meet in Dallas to Discuss Improving Opportunities for Young Children
World’s Largest Gathering of Early Education Professionals Provides Learning Opportunities
(Washington, D.C.)– More than 20,000 early childhood educators, administrators and policy makers will gather this week for the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference and Expo. The Conference, which will take place Nov. 5 -8 in Dallas, Texas, is the world’s largest gathering of early childhood educators and widely recognized as one of the nation’s most valuable professional development opportunities.
“The NAEYC Annual Conference is an amazing opportunity for all early childhood professionals,” said Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. “The conference provides a unique opportunity to network with other professionals, learn about the latest developments in early childhood research and strengthen teaching and administrative skills.”
The NAEYC Annual Conference is designed for teachers and other professionals working with children birth through third grade. Participants will choose from nearly 900 sessions designed to improve knowledge of best practices in early education and care. Some of these sessions include:
- Eco-healthy child care: Go green!
- Autism and Asperger’s syndrome: Effective strategies to help young children
- President’s Seminar – How to move early care and education up the policy agenda in states, with Lt. Gov. of New Mexico Diane Denish
- Early childhood mathematics – Research findings and recommendations for practice and policy from 2008 report of the National Research Council
- Applying the leadership theories of American corporate CEOs to early childhood leadership
The opening ceremony will include the launch of the newly revised NAEYC position statement, “Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8,” the premier source for teachers on what are the best practices in educating young children. The launch will include a brief history of DAP, a look at the current educational context and the opportunities to improve practice as we move forward.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential advocate for early care and education in the United States.
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Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.