PURPOSE: Build the capacity of participants to impact equity in early childhood education to address disparities, close achievement gaps and create positive child outcomes among learners Birth to 3rd Grade. As a result of the meeting, participants will develop a plan to take back to their state that identifies useful resources, good ideas, and new colleagues to support continued efforts to ensure equity for all young children.



  • Increase understanding and develop a shared language of how inequity impacts children and families. 

  • Increase knowledge of tools and strategies that state early childhood specialists can use to ensure more equitable services at the local level.

  • Increase knowledge of the research on policy and practice that impacts equitable access to high quality early childhood education.

Agenda Overview

Pre-Conference Day:  CEELO Leadership Academy Fellows Meeting

Wednesday, May 29   8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NAECS-SDE New Members Orientation/Full Member Focus Group and Reflection

Wednesday, May 29  2:00-4:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 29  4:30-7:30 p.m.

NAECS-SDE Business Meeting/Breakfast and Networking

Thursday, May 30   7:00-8:45

Roundtable Day 1

Thursday, May 30   8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Light Award Reception and Dinner

Thursday, May 30  6:30 p.m.

Breakfast and Networking Day 2

Friday, May 31  7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

Roundtable Day 2

Friday, May 31  8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.