North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children

66th Annual Conference

September 12 – 14, 2019 at the Raleigh Convention Center

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NCAEYC’s one of a kind Keynote Experience: A Conversation that Connects Generations, Sectors, Roles, and Experiences

Sharing a Commitment to Getting Things Right for Children Birth through Eight, their Families, and Our Field

This keynote serves as a connecting, foundational theme this year. Get immersed in our Featured Sessions Focus: Resilience, Well-being, and Trauma-informed Care throughout all three days of Conference. Be a part of this unique conversation between Dr James Comer , founder and chairman of the School Development Program at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center, and Michael Bonner, author and teacher at Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA. Both men have been influential leaders committed to helping ensure all children thrive. Each in his own unique way has recognized the critical importance of helping children build resilience by fostering relationships that promote well-being and learning. Today, our field has a deepening commitment to this same work and we get to learn from Dr. Comer’s work that spans four decades in supporting children from poverty and high-risk. They will share with each other and the audience their ideas, hopes and words of encouragement for our field at a time it is perhaps needed more than ever before.

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NCAEYC’s engaging DAPA (Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Adults) format creates connected, intentional, strategic, cumulative professional development experiences within a strong and vibrant professional network. Experience all that NCAEYC’s Conference has to offer:

  • Get Plugged in at Connection Corner!
  • Keynote: Dr. James Comer and Michael Bonner
  • Photobooth
  • Wellness Way
  • DAP Showcase
  • Have Your Voice Heard! Advocacy Activities
  • NCAEYC Merchandise Booth
  • Meet the Authors
  • Table Talks Resource Fair
  • Visit with Vendors and Vendor Spotlight—Vendors help make our NCAEYC Conference possible! Connect with them throughout the day and be present during the Vendor Spotlight to see the latest in early education products and services and to have a chance to win amazing door prizes!

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“NCAEYC is inspiring and investing in future teachers here in North Carolina. My students say that the NCAEYC Conference is one of their favorite field trips. The experience reaffirms them as teachers and members of their professional community. Vital connections are made as they see concepts and practices that they are learning in their coursework. This year’s keynote will be extra special because they are currently studying Dr. James Comer’s School Development Program. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in such a well-planned professional development experience..”

— Dayla VanSchaick M.Ed., Early Childhood Instructor

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