Annual Conference

Gathering early childhood educators from around the globe to connect, collaborate, and learn together.

Proposal Status Notifications

Thanks to those who submitted a proposal to share your knowledge and expertise at this year’s NAEYC Annual Conference, November 16-19, 2022 in Washington, DC. We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we return to in-person events. Unfortunately, our timeline had to be adjusted this year and proposal status notifications will be sent in mid-July. All proposal submitters, including anyone listed on a proposal, will be notified via email at that time.

NAEYC Event Safety During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

In keeping with the Association's duty to care and our responsibility as an event host, NAEYC is guided by best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Following this guidance, NAEYC leadership has adopted a vaccination requirement approach for the in-person 2022 Professional Learning Institute and Annual Conference. All attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and NAEYC staff will be required to meet the CDC status of “Fully Vaccinated” with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

As of January 16, 2022, the CDC updated their Vaccines website to indicate the status of "Fully Vaccinated" as a person who has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,


  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

NAEYC is following the CDC definition of fully vaccinated as noted above for vaccination requirements. However, we strongly encourage individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 booster prior to attending any NAEYC event.

Participants will be required to attest to their “Fully Vaccinated” status before gaining access to the event site. Watch this page for more information on how to provide CDC- or WHO-approved proof of vaccination status.

Participants who have and show documentation of medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine must provide a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of their first entry to the event.

NAEYC will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the venues hosting our events.

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of the current global pandemic. At this time, we will provide updates in bold below so that participants know when items have been updated.

Date: March 17, 2022

Explore the Program!

View the Annual Conference Program to discover all of the amazing professional development opportunities offered during the 2021 conference.

This year's virtual event featured:

  • Over 125 essential professional learning sessions
  • Opportunities to connect with other NAEYC members
  • The NAEYC Expo with inspiring solutions and expert advice
  • Fun and educational activities to extend learning
  • On-Demand access through November 30

2021 Virtual Annual Conference