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 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 intervention, early childhood special education, 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!
More Information for Attendees
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"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! Reserve Your Room Today!
The Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
The full conference, including all keynotes, sessions, posters, and special events, will take place at the Hilton Minneapolis, right down town. Hotel reservations are open now!
Please Note: This is the one and only place you can reserve your room at the discounted rate available for DEC attendees!
What 2019 Attendees Had to Say
Justification Toolkit for Attendees
Download the justification toolkit here for everything you need to know about the conference. From registration rates and discounts to a letter to share with your employer, the justification toolkit is the place to start for all of your questions about DEC 2020.
Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors
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September 21 - 24, 2021
New Orleans, Louisiana
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