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 take place October 20th - 23rd, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and 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!
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Conference Registration will open March 2020. Sign up for updates here to be the first to know about registration rates, keynotes, and more!
Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal! Proposal applicants will be notified of the final decision for their sessions mid-May 2020.
Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors
If your organization or company is interested in sponsoring, advertising or exhibiting at DEC 2020, please complete this brief form and someone from the DEC executive office will contact you about available opportunities.
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"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."
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