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The Division for Early Childhood's 36th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs & Their Families is a virtual event! We will kick off with pre-conference events on January 21st - 22nd, 2021. Then, from January 25th - 29th, 2021, join us as 130+ sessions offer the latest research, evidence based practices, and "just in time" advice for working with young children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Community Conversations are new this year matching you with like minded professionals and families as we explore our national response in EI/ECSE to issues of inclusion, equity, and social justice as well as virtual learning and other critical issues. Make plans to join us! 


You can expect traditional DEC offerings such as engaging keynotes, poster sessions on the latest practices and research, new networking opportunities, and access to the DEC exhibit hall throughout the conference. The conference platform will allow you to access live content on each conference day so you can interact with presenters and fellow attendees. If you can't make it that day, we'll record the sessions so you can access them later.

What 2019 Conference Attendees Had to Say


"DEC is a wonderful conference. . ." 

"It never fails to teach me new things about the profession and helps to remind me that we are not only we working in the profession but we are serving families and being part of a vital and important community."


DEC 2021

September 21 - 24, 2021 

New Orleans, Louisiana 

DEC 2022

September 27 - 30, 2022

Chicago, Illinois

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