We hope you will join us!

Wednesday-Thursday, April 10-11, 2024

Friday Conference Center

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

This annual event brings together professionals from across the country who are working on advocacy, policy, funding, strategy development and systems building toward implementation and sustainability of programs, as well as strategies and funding that support early education systems nationally and in states and communities across the country.

  • Two days of workshops and keynote/plenary sessions on topics related to the early education workforce and systems building, including advancing equity and diversity in the field and emergent leadership development of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ Program staff. 
  • 34 workshops across six breakout sessions, an opening keynote presentation the first morning and a plenary session on the second day.  Workshops are capped at 30-40 participants, providing an atmosphere for networking and small group discussions. 
  • Opportunities to update your knowledge, grow your skills, and network with colleagues.

2024 Convening Highlights

  • Keynote Presentation by Albert Wat, Senior Policy Director, Alliance for Early Success, who will speak on A Call to Action, the Critical Need for ECE Workforce Advocacy.
  • Plenary Panel Discussion moderated by Marica Cox Mitchell, Vice President, Early Childhood, Bainum Family Foundation titled, Quitting is Not an Option, Persevering During Difficult Times.
  • 34 workshops by presenters from within the ranks of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ programs, higher education institutions and an array of national organizations including, but not limited to: 
    • Bank Street College of Education
    • Buffett Early Childhood Institute
    • Center for Early Learning Funding Equity
    • Early EdU Alliance
    • National Women’s Law Center
    • National Workforce Registry Alliance
    • Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
    • Council for Professional Recognition
  • Networking Reception at the end of the day on Wednesday

Who Should Attend

  • Staff of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® programs
  • State and national non-profit organization professionals
  • Higher education faculty
  • State and national governmental agency personnel
  • Funders
  • Other partners working on advocacy, policy, financing, strategy development and systems building to address early childhood workforce issues

If you would like to receive more information about the convening, send us a message.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center at Child Care Services Association Seeks Your Partnership 

We invite you to sponsor the 2024 Early Childhood Education Workforce Convening.

The 2023 Convening was Sponsored by

Thanks to those who attended the 2023 Early Childhood Education Workforce Convening – View the highlights here.

Thank You to our 2022 Sponsors

  • 2021 Keynote: Exploring and Ensuring Equitable Pathways Leading to a Diverse, Well Compensated and Professional Early Childhood Workforce
  • 2021 Plenary Panel: Reimagining ChildCare Means Centering Equity
  • 2021 Closing Presentation: From the Funders’ Perspective: Making the Case for Early Childhood Workforce Investment
  • 2016 Plenary PanelLet’s Talk About it: Issues of Race, Gender and Equity in our Everyday Lives as Early Childhood Professionals

Previous Programs

2023
2020
2022
2019
2021
2018