2024 NCAEYC Annual Conference

2024 NCAEYC Annual Conference

September 20-21, 2024

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree
4500 Marriott Drive
Raleigh, NC  27612

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Conference Description
Please join us for NCAEYC’s Annual Conference. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to join early childhood educators in two great days of learning. By attending both days of the Conference each registrant has the potential to earn 12 DCDEE Contact Credit Hours. Attend the conference sessions held on Friday or Saturday and earn 6 DCDEE Contact Credit Hours. Conference attendees will receive reduced Conference registration fees by joining NAEYC or renewing your membership. To purchase a membership or renew your membership please visit ncaeyc.org/membership. Membership can be purchased or renewed through the registration process also.

The theme for NCAEYC’s 66th Annual Conference is Revive • Renew • Restore – Reignite Your Passion • Refresh Your Purpose. From our beginnings in 1953 as the North Carolina Kindergarten Association, then transforming into a state affiliate of NAEYC in 1974, we are connected by a commitment to high quality care and early learning for young children ages birth – 8. Today’s leaders and members continue to live out this commitment by exemplifying professionalism and valuing our connections to each other and to the advocacy impact we have when we join together to make a difference for children, families and our field. With a renewed mission, vision and priority initiatives, NCAEYC continues to adapt, transform, lead and innovate so we can promote and inspire purpose, passion and professionalism in early care and education. Our great line-up of sessions reflects our interrelated Priority Initiatives:

  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice across the Birth – 8 age spectrums
  • Wellness and Resilience in Early Childhood Education
  • Professionalism, Leadership and Advocacy

Our desire is to create space for you to be meaningfully connected to, actively engaged with, and uniquely inspired by other professionals committed to this valuable early childhood journey.

We are so honored to have Willa Brigham as our Keynote speaker. Willa is a TWO-TIME Emmy Award Winning Host of the Television Show, Smart Start Kids, an Inspirational Speaker, Storyteller, Writer, Teacher and Performing Artist. Willa’s book titled The Pizza Tree will be on sale and available for signing after the Keynote Address on Friday.

Molly Grantham is a 4x-Emmy award winning journalist, 3x-author, and national speaker. She has been named “TV News Reporter of the Year” and juggles life with humor and poise, making her popular (and relatable!) with crowds. For 20-years, Molly anchored evening newscasts at a top-rated CBS-affiliate—20 live shows a week. She covered gangs, terrorism, and the fight to legalize cannabis oil to help sick children, where she helped change North Carolina state law. She is actively involved in the cancer community and formed a pediatric network called #MollysKids, which helps and highlights 100+ children a year.

Conference Reception
Reignite your passion and refresh your purpose by attending an unforgettable evening at the Raleigh Mariott Crabtree on Friday, September 20th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. to celebrate the worthy work you do daily for North Carolina’s youngest citizens. “Bet on Yourself,” with keynote Molly Grantham, a 4x-Emmy award-winning journalist, 3x-author, and national speaker who juggles life with humor and poise and will leave you inspired and valued. The party continues as we dance the night away with DJ DELUXE Event Group. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Put on your dancing shoes and reserve your spot. Register here to purchase a  ticket to the Conference Reception.

Lodging – Raleigh Marriot Crabtree
NCAEYC has secured a room block at our official Conference hotel, the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree located at 4500 Marriott Drive in Raleigh. All rooms are double queen sized and you will receive a reduced rate as an NCAEYC presenter, vendor, volunteer, or registrant. Reserve your room now.

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Conference Schedule:

Friday, September 20, 2024

  • Session 1 – 8:30-10:00
  • Keynote – 10:15-11:45
  • Lunch –  11:45-1:45
  • Session 2 – 1:45-3:15
  • Session 3 – 3:30-5:00

Saturday, September 21, 2024

  • Session 4 – 8:30-10:00
  • Session 5 – 10:15-11:45
  • Lunch – 11:45-12:45
  • Session 6 – 1:00-2:30
  • Session 7 – 2:45-4:15
Willa Brigham
Willa Brigham
Molly Grantham

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