T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$®
2017 National Professional Development Symposium

It was another banner year for the T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ National PD Symposium, with colleagues from 27 states and the District of Columbia participating, including staff from 21 T.E.A.C.H. programs and five WAGE$/salary supplement programs, numerous higher education faculty and representatives from many national organizations in attendance. 

Over the course of the two-day event, over 140 people attended sessions specific to the needs of their programs, discussed issues, and heard nationally known speakers talk about public policies and changes occurring within the early childhood industry and explored issues of equity around education, compensation, diversity and career pathways in our field.  Everyone was energized by the networking opportunity at an inaugural reception.

Mark your calendar for next year’s symposium – April 24-25, 2018. And be on the lookout for a Request for Workshop Proposal, which we will send out this summer.

2016 Plenary Panel featured a panel including Carol Brunson Day, Brunson, Phillips & Day; Florianna Thompson, Wake Technical Community College; and Dan Haggard, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, in Let’s Talk About it: Issues of Race, Gender and Equity in our Everyday Lives as Early Childhood Professionals.


Click here for 2017 Symposium Program


The National T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Professional Development Symposium is held annually in Chapel Hill,
North Carolina. 


Who Should Attend

  • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® staff.
  • Professionals supporting the professional development of the early education workforce, including non-profit organization professionals and higher education faculty.
  • Partners working in or on behalf of early education systems including state and national governmental agency personnel, funders and others working on professional development systems.


Symposium Offerings

  • Workshops and panel presentations addressing
    • Staff development and day to day operations of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ initiatives
    • Broader issues of professional development, quality improvement systems, higher education, advocacy and public policy for all early childhood professionals
  • Nationally known speakers who address topics timely to the field
  • Networking opportunities with peers from across the country

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Previous Symposium Programs


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2018 T.E.A.C.H. & WAGE$
National PD Symposium
April 24-25, 2018


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