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! 

 
Birthday Celebration

Birthday Celebration

Mingling

Mingling

Mother and Baby on Floor

Mother and Baby on Floor

Crowd of People

Crowd of People

Mixed Race Down Syndrome Class

Mixed Race Down Syndrome Class

Conference Event

Conference Event

Father's Kiss

Father's Kiss

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Image by Antenna

Preschool Teacher and Students

Preschool Teacher and Students

Siblings

Siblings

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Image by Christina @ wocintechchat

Sleeping Baby

Sleeping Baby

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Image by Tanaphong Toochinda

Business Meeting

Business Meeting

College Students

College Students

Registration

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. 

 
 

"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."

 

Meet Us in Minneapolis!

 

Hilton Minneapolis

The conference will take place at the Hilton Minneapolis, right down town! Learn more about the hotel.

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Minneapolis, MN

Great food, arts & culture, family fun- take advantage of all the city has to offer! Learn more about Minneapolis.

What 2019 Attendees Had to Say

 

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Girl Playing with Tablet

Girl Playing with Tablet

Student Doing Homework

Student Doing Homework

Office Call

Office Call

Man Typing on a Laptop

Man Typing on a Laptop

Working Mom

Working Mom

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Image by Jelleke Vanooteghem

FUTURE CONFERENCES

DEC 2021

September 21 - 24, 2021 

New Orleans, Louisiana 

DEC 2022

September 27 - 30, 2022

Chicago, Illinois

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