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

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Jacqueline Jones President and CEO of the Foundation for Child Development as our Keynote Speaker. Dr. Jones will speak on Leveling the Playing Field for the Early Childhood Workforce:  Addressing the Equity Gaps.


Symposium 2017 Highlights

  • 33 high quality and timely workshops
  • Welcome and Keynote Presentation
  • Plenary Session Panel Presentation featuring a panel representing the diversity of our field. This panel continues the discussion that began at last year’s symposium on race, gender and equity issues from a personal perspective. Panelists include Carol Brunson Day, Brunson, Day & Phillips; Ana De Hoyos O’Connor, San Antonio College; and Rosemarie Vardell, Community Advocate and Retired Assistant Professor, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Evening Reception and Poster Session
  • Featured sessions from leaders in the early childhood education field
  • Presenters from within the ranks of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$® programs, higher education institutions and an array of national organizations including:
    • Center for the Study of Child Care Employment 
    • Council for Professional Recognition
    • Erikson Institute
    • Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
    • KinderCare Education
    • National Academy of Medicine
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children
    • National Black Child Development Institute
    • National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning
    • National Governor's Association
    • National Women's Law Center
    • The Urban Institute

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 2016 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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Registration Brochure  

April 25-26, 2017
Chapel Hill, NC


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