Division for Early Childhood's 36th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families

October 20 - 23, 2020 - Minneapolis, MN

The Division for Early Childhood Conference is the premier annual  international conference for professionals who work with young children with special needs and their family members. The conference provides professionals in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related fields and family members of young children with disabilities an opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate.


The DEC 2020 conference will feature hundreds of sessions from experts in early childhood special education, early intervention, and related fields. Sessions will focus on practice, research, family-practitioner collaboration, content by practitioners for practitioners, professional development, and policy. With such a wide variety of sessions, there are bound to be sessions to support you in your work with families or with your own family! 

Are you interested in attending? Sign up for email updates and we'll send you registration information as soon as it's available!

Are you interested in presenting a session at this year's conference?

The 2020 Call for Proposals is Open Now!

DEC has a new submission platform, so the first thing you will be asked to do is create a new account.

DEC 2020 Conference

Hilton Minneapolis

October 20 - 23, 2020 

Minneapolis, MN

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What DEC 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." 

"Early childhood educators, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and families are exposed to a variety of topics that enhance the important collaborative partnerships in building positive inclusive outcomes for our children."

"The 2019 DEC conference was a terrific event.  It was my first time attending and I will plan to go in the future.  The conference was very well organized, the size was manageable and the sessions were very helpful and professional."



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