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

For more information on the conference, including the schedule-at-a-glance, opportunities for families, scholarships, and more, click here.

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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

 
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

 

"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!

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Great food, arts & culture, family fun- take advantage of all the city has to offer!

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.

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FUTURE CONFERENCES

DEC 2021

September 21 - 24, 2021 

New Orleans, Louisiana 

DEC 2022

September 27 - 30, 2022

Chicago, Illinois

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