2016 Early Childhood Education Design Conference

2016 Early Childhood Education Design Conference

Designing for High Performance Learning and Development

April 29, 2016
Denver, CO
Auraria Campus
Tivoli Turnhalle

2016 Conference Presentations


ECE Design Partners, in collaboration with the Association for Learning Environments (formerly cefpi), is excited to announce its 4th Annual Early Childhood Education Design Conference to be held April 29, 2016 in Denver, Colorado at the Auraria Campus, Tivoli Turnhalle. The 2016 Conference will continue its tradition of bringing together nationally recognized experts and thought leaders to highlight best practices and cutting edge research in designing, developing and managing high performance learning environments for early childhood education.

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We hope to meet you soon in Denver!


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2014 Early Childhood Design Conference

2014 Early Childhood Design Conference

Thank you to all who attended this year’s conference.  The event was a great success, and we had some fantastic, thought provoking and inspirational speakers!


And a big thank you to all of our sponsors and exhibitors for the 2014 Conference!

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Last but not least, thank you to all of the speakers, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors who made all three of our past conferences informative and valuable experiences, enabling attendees to design and develop high performance early learning environments.

We would also like to thank attendees for all of the feedback we have received.  We will be working to make future conferences even more valuable and inspiring for everyone.  Here are a few testimonials from past conference attendees:

 In 2013 I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Early Childhood Education Design Conference.  To the best of my knowledge, this conference (in its third year) is the only conference devoted to bringing architects/designers and early childhood development specialist together to discuss best practice and model examples of the design of early learning facilities. It is an unique gathering of professionals dedicated to better understanding the design needs of our youngest learners, and it was a delight to attend.

-Walter S. Gilliam, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Edward Zigler Center
Yale Child Study Center

“As a public children’s library manager, I learned so much at the Early Childhood Design Conference in October 2012.  I was gratified to see so many architects and designers interested in best practices for working with very young children.  Judy Harris Helm, as keynote speaker, set the stage by filling us in on how young children’s brains work and how we can help shape intellectual ability using the right environment.  Speakers were knowledgeable and presented a wide variety of information about contemporary early childhood spaces.  I enjoyed being a part of the thought provoking discussions that followed the sessions.  As our library transitions to an emphasis on parental involvement with very young children, we plan to take a lot of the ideas gleaned from this conference and turn them into reality!”

-Lesley Clayton
Manager of Children’s Library Services
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library

 ”I enjoyed delivering a keynote at the first annual ECE Design Conference in Denver.  While many offer educational advice, this one-of-a-kind forum fills a great need in the early learning community by providing rich design ideas and concepts for early learning in the 21st Century.   Well-organized and operated, I am happy to recommend it to anyone interested in learning environments for our nation’s youngest students.  Well done!”
-Victoria Bergsagel
Architects of Achievement

“This was a great opportunity for the many key stakeholders invested in ECE design (administrators, teachers, architects, and researchers) to come together and exchange knowledge. I met new colleagues and collaborators with diverse expertise, all with a shared passion for enhancing ECE design. The range of sessions was very comprehensive, and the final tour helped us think about applying lessons learned.  I look forward to attending next year!”
-Meredith Banasiak
Senior Instructor
Environmental Design Program
University of Colorado Boulder

“Thank you for hosting such a wonderful and successful ECE Design Conference. The quality of the speakers and information presented were excellent and the networking events provided an outstanding atmosphere for conference members to interact and to get to know each other.

We are so pleased that this opportunity for learning was presented in Denver and look forward to attending and sharing this information with our early learning community partners at the next conference!”
Emily Bustos
Executive Director
Denver Early Childhood Council
3532 Franklin Street, Suite F
Denver, CO 80205
direct (720) 644-2564
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Announcing the 2014 ECE Conference Speakers

The 2014 ECE Design Conference is approaching quickly so don’t forget to  mark your calendars for Friday, October 24, 2014, Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado – there is still time to receive a discounted rate! Register before October 2, to receive the early bird rate.

We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker:  Dr. John Ratey!  The bestselling author of the highly influential book “Spark:  The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.”

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Dr. Ratey will demonstrate the important connection of movement to enhanced learning.

The keynote will be followed by a session from the School Principal of Red Hawk Elementary, Cyrus Weinberger, illustrating how he applied many of the principles found in Spark to his curriculum and facility to create a high performance, healthy and happy place to learn. The morning will conclude with a presentation from Dr. Larry Schweinhart on the lessons learned from one of the most referenced studies to date on the power of a preschool education and why getting the environment right matters. 

Check out the Speakers page for more information.