Enriching Educators Through Professional
Development and Networking


Over the past two decades, research has shown how critically important and complex it is to work with children from birth through third grade.  

Through ongoing professional development and networking opportunities, The Alliance for Early Childhood offers the latest research relevant to young children, in order to foster greater alignment and common understanding of developmentally appropriate practice in our community.  We support a community dialogue about how adults can work together to appropriately support early childhood education and defend good practice.


Annual Networking Breakfast

In the fall, Early Childhood Leaders of The Alliance for Early Childhood member schools and organizations meet to network and hear about The Alliance’s plans for the upcoming school year.


Early Childhood Enrichment Series

The Alliance for Early Childhood invites our member school directors and staff members to participate in continuing education professional development opportunities after school. These events are free but attendees are asked to pre-register. Gateways Credit are available to educators.


Preschool-Kindergarten Summit

This annual professional development conference brings together local and national early childhood educators to discuss­ best practice and emerging research that promotes optimal development for our youngest learners, foster a common understanding of developmentally appropriate practice, and provide resources for advocacy and continuing education. Our 5th Annual Preschool Summit, “Bringing Social Emotional Learning to the Surface: Teaching With Intent” will take place on February 6, 2020. Registration is required (fee involved).


Inspiring Nature Play Conference

This annual professional development conference is designed to enable access to developmentally appropriate nature play experiences for early childhood (birth through age eight) and practical ideas for incorporating nature play into early childhood programs. Attendees include educators, administrators, and parents with a range of early childhood and environmental education backgrounds and expertise. Registration is required (fee involved).


Networking Dinner

Administrators, educators, and other professionals who work with young children are invited to professionally network and dine while listening to a nationally recognized and respected educator in Early Childhood. Alliance Teacher Tribute recipients are also honored at this event. Registration is required (fee involved).


Early Childhood Director Roundtable Meetings

The Alliance for Early Childhood understands the demands and trials of leading an early childhood program. We host quarterly meetings to allow our Member School Early Childhood Directors to collaborate, problem-solve, and connect throughout the school year. Gatherings begin or conclude with an optional school tour.