National Association of Early Childhood Educators

NAECTE Annual Conferences

NAECTE offers two conference days a year in tandem with the NAEYC fall conference and the June NAEYC Professional Development Institute. Our conference day is always the first day of NAEYC. In the fall, we arrange a full day conference usually including research presentations, poster sessions, a keynote, a luncheon and a membership meeting followed by an afternoon pause and an evening awards ceremony. The spring conference is scheduled as a half-day morning keynote and research presentations/posters.

Notably, there is no separate registration for the NAECTE annual meeting, as it is included in your NAEYC registration. Please wear your NAEYC name badge to our conference. We do hope that you will renew your NAECTE membership at the fall meeting or online before the conference. Our memberships are a key way for us to thrive and offer these great opportunities to connect in our work and research endeavors!

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Conferences, Will Parnell, or the Conference Proposal Chair, Rebecca Huss‐Keeler at: or

Please join us for our Summer Conference in San Francisco on June 12, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Golden Gate B – RDS 430. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Christine Chaille.
Summer Program Final Draft–Conference overview summer 2017

Call for Proposals

NAECTE Fall Conference

November 15, 2017

8:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Atlanta, GA

Please plan to join the NAECTE conference in November. The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators is accepting proposals for the 2017 Fall Conference. The goal of the organization is to enhance and facilitate early childhood faculty research and professional development.

We propose the following theme for our fall research presentations: Voices and Identities: Places for Multiple Perspectives and Belonging in Early Childhood Teacher Education. Our theme encompasses a broad spectrum of possibilities for exploration to encompass our unique perspectives, research, and stories from the field.

All presenters should plan to register and pay for the NAEYC Annual Conference. All NAECTE submissions must be received by July 1, 2017 and will be notified of acceptance by Aug 15, 2017. LATE Proposals will not be considered.

All proposals undergo a blind review process and are evaluated on overall quality. The scoring rubric considers alignment of the proposal with the conference theme, suitability for proposed format, quality and organization of proposal information, potential for high quality session, and relevance to important early childhood teacher education issues.

NAECTE has now entered the digital age and is accepting presentations electronically using the secure Jot Form. Please follow the following link to submit the required content. We look forward to seeing your proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Conferences, Will Parnell, and the Conference Proposal Chair, Rebeccca Huss-Keeler at:


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Highlights of Past Conferences

NAECTE Fall 2016 Conference
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NAECTE Summer 2016 Conference
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NAECTE Fall 2015 Conference
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NAECTE Summer 2015 Conference                                                                                                                                                        Conference Program

NAECTE Fall 2014 Conference
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NAECTE June 2014 Conference
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Fall Conference for 2013
“Quality Teacher Education Research: Listening to our work, learning from our work”
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, from 8:30 until 4:00, in Washington, D.C.
Conference Program

Conference Program

Conference Program


Sharon Ritchie addressed NAECTE in November to help Early Childhood Teachers and Teacher Educators – “Focus Our Advocacy Efforts”. She asked us to consider: How do we benefit from collective knowledge and wisdom? How do we improve the school experiences of our most vulnerable children? What are foundational processes for young children? and… What if we really used research to guide our practice?
Sharon’s full Keynote PowerPoint presentation.

Frances Rust spoke to NAECTE at its June 2009 meeting. She urged our group to action in addressing the challenges currently confronting early childhood teacher educators. June 15 2009 Conference Keynote by Frances O’Connel Rust

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Dallas, Texas
2008 Conference Lilian Katz Keynote Address

NAECTE 2007 Conference Keynote Address NAECTE 2007 Conference Program
The November 2007 conference in Chicago marked the 30th anniversary of NAECTE. The members in the photograph below have been conference attendees since the organization’s inception in 1977. For more information about the history of NAECTE, see our history page.


Photo taken by Rebekah Fassler

Front Row (left to right). Joan Isenberg,
Stephanie Feeney, Leah Adams, Doris Fromberg,
Helen Botnaresque, Doris Bergen, and Kathryn Castle.

Back Row (left to right). Mary Jensen, Blythe Hintz,
Patricia Vardin, James Hoot, and Anne Dorsey.