NAECTE offers two conference days a year in tandem with the NAEYC fall conference and the June NAEYC Professional Development Institute. Our conference day is always the first day of NAEYC. In the fall, we arrange a full day conference usually including research presentations, poster sessions, a keynote, a luncheon and a membership meeting followed by an an afternoon pause and an evening awards ceremony. The spring conference is scheduled as a half-day morning keynote and research presentations/posters.

Notably, there is no separate registration for the NAECTE annual meeting, it is included in your NAEYC registration. Please wear your NAEYC name badge to our conference. As well, we do hope that you will renew your NAECTE membership at the fall meeting or online before the conference. Our memberships are a key way for us to thrive and offer these great opportunities to connect in our work and research endeavors!

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Conferences, Will Parnell, and the Conference Proposal Chair, Rebeccca Huss‐Keeler at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NAECTE Summer Conference
June 6, 2016
8:00am - 12:30pm
Baltimore, MD

NOTE: Please register for NAEYC's summer PDI to attend our day.

Call for Proposals
NAECTE Fall Conference
November 2, 2016
8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
Los Angeles, CA

Please plan to join the NAECTE conference in November. The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators is accepting proposals for the 2016 Fall Conference. The goal of the organization is to enhance and facilitate early childhood faculty research and professional development.

Our theme for the Fall Conference challenges us to consider “Narratives of Transformation.” We propose the following question to continue our dialogues and movements as change-agents: How do NAECTE members make a difference in early childhood teacher education? Our theme encompasses a broad spectrum of possibilities for exploration to encompass our unique perspectives, research, and stories from the field.

All presenters should plan to register and pay for the NAEYC Fall Conference. All NAECTE submissions must be received by June 15, 2016 and will be notified of acceptance by August 1, 2016. LATE Proposals will not be considered.

All proposals undergo a blind review process and are evaluated on overall quality. The scoring rubric considers alignment of the proposal with the conference theme, suitability for proposed format, quality and organization of proposal information, potential for high quality session, and relevance to important early childhood teacher education issues.

NAECTE has now entered the digital age and is accepting presentations electronically using the secure Jot Form. Please follow the following link to submit the required content. We look forward to seeing your proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Conferences, Will Parnell, and the Conference Proposal Chair, Rebeccca Huss-Keeler at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Highlights of Past Conferences

NAECTE Fall 2015 Conference
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NAECTE Fall 2014 Conference
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NAECTE June 2014 Conference
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Fall Conference for 2013
“Quality Teacher Education Research:  Listening to our work, learning from our work”
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, from 8:30 until 4:00, in Washington, D.C.
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Conference Program

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Sharon Ritchie addressed NAECTE in November to help Early Childhood Teachers and Teacher Educators -  "Focus Our Advocacy Efforts".  She asked us to consider: How do we benefit from collective knowledge and wisdom? How do we improve the school experiences of our most vulnerable children?  What are foundational processes for young children? and...What if we really used research to guide our practice? Sharon's full Keynote PowerPoint presentation.


Frances Rust spoke to NAECTE at its June 2009 meeting. She urged our group to action in addressing the challenges currently confronting early childhood teacher educators.  June 15 2009 Conference Keynote by Frances O'Connel Rust


Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Dallas, Texas
2008 Conference Lilian Katz Keynote Address


NAECTE 2007 Conference Keynote Address NAECTE 2007 Conference Program

The November 2007 conference in Chicago marked the 30th anniversary of NAECTE.  The members in the photograph below have been conference attendees since the organization’s inception in 1977. For more information about the history of NAECTE, see our history page.

NAECTE 2007 Conference
Photo taken by Rebekah Fassler

Front Row (left to right). Joan Isenberg,
Stephanie Feeney, Leah Adams, Doris Fromberg,
Helen Botnaresque, Doris Bergen, and Kathryn Castle.

Back Row (left to right). Mary Jensen, Blythe Hintz,
Patricia Vardin, James Hoot, and Anne Dorsey.


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