Register Now for the Early Childhood Education Workforce Convening

Registration closes February 28, 2022

Hosted by the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center

Wednesday-Friday, April 20-22, 2022

William and Ida 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, strategies and funding that support early education systems nationally and in states and communities across the country.

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
  • Others working on early childhood education workforce issues

Convening Highlights

  • 43 workshops addressing early childhood education professional development systems, higher education, advocacy and public policy for all early childhood professionals and emergent leadership development for T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ program staff
  • Nationally known speakers who address topics timely to the field
  • Networking opportunities with peers from across the country

Featured Speakers

Keynote Presenters

  • Iheoma Iruka, Research Professor, Department of Public Policy, Frank Porter Graham Institute, UNC- Chapel Hill, NC
  • Shantel Meek, Founding Director, The Children’s Equity Project, Arizona State University

Closing Speaker

  • Elliot Haspel, Program Officer, Education Policy and Research, Robins Foundation

Plenary Session Speakers

  • Susan Hibbard, Executive Director, BUILD Initiative, Panel Moderator
  • Ola Friday, Ed.L.D., M.P.P., Director at Early Educator Investment Collaborative
  • Shannon Rudisill, Executive Director, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative
  • Sakinah P. Harrison, MNO, Ed.D., Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Albert Wat, M.A., Senior Policy Director, Alliance for Early Success

Registration Rates

We have learned during these challenging times that things can change rapidly. To help us prepare, we offered an advanced registration procedure for the Convening.

See details about advanced registration and how to secure early bird rates.

Early Bird        $350 (Must have completed Intent to Register by January 21, 2022 to qualify for early bird rate.)

Regular           $375

Presenter        $225

Late                $450  (registration received on or after March 1, 2022 based on space availability)

The National Center is committed to holding the Convening in person in April at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. CCSA will be monitoring pandemic related developments as they occur and will adhere to North Carolina’s established COVID-19 protocols for group size and gatherings, which could change. The Friday Center is following strict guidelines and requires mask wearing at all times in the building, except during meals.

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

Thank you to our 2021 Symposium Platinum Sponsor

Previous Plenary Panel Presentation Video Links

  • 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 Symposium Programs