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.”
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.
We are still accepting speaker proposals for our 5×10 event which will close out the 2014 Conference.
Conference organizers are seeking proposals for a series of ten minute long presentations covering topics related to the advancement of knowledge that supports best practices in the design and operation of early childhood education facilities. Whether you’re a teacher, designer, developer or operator, tell us in 500 words or less what you are passionate about and how your ideas and experiences contribute to creating better places for early learners.
We are seeking a broad range of related topics presented in the form of case studies to research. From the proposals we will select five speakers to participate in this fast-paced, open exchange of ideas.
Submit proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of day on Monday August 25, 2014. The registration fee will be waived for selected speakers. Travel and accommodations are not included.
And a big thank you to our recent additions of sponsors and exhibitors for the 2014 Conference!
View our Exhibitors & Sponsors page to see who is contributing this year, and for information on how to get involved.
Last but not least, thank you to all of the speakers, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors who made our first two 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 the 2014 conference an even more valuable and inspiring experience 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
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!”
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!”
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!”
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!”
Denver Early Childhood Council
3532 Franklin Street, Suite F
Denver, CO 80205
direct (720) 644-2564
fax 1 (866) 802-0563