Announcing the 2014 Early Childhood Education Design Conference!

After two highly successful ECE Design Conferences in 2012 and 2013, we are pleased to announce the 2014 ECE Design Conference.  Save the date Friday, October 24, 2014, Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado.  Additional speakers and planned events will be announced shortly.

The annual ECE Design Conference has engaged hundreds of researchers, planners, designers, developers, facility operators and thought leaders from around the globe in advancing early childhood design practices.  Currently the only major conference focused on ECE design research and best practices, this event hosts a one of a kind forum for the leaders that help shape ECE environments.  In past conferences, expert speakers have addressed ECE topics ranging from neuroscience and the early learner, nature based learning, sustainability, special needs, cognition and movement and safety and security.

Register before October 2, 2014 to receive a discounted rate!

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:

“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
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Presentations from the 2013 Conference

Dr. Walter S. Gilliam, PhD

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Early Childhood Education
Need, Effects, Quality, & Design Issues


Dr. Dieter Breithecker, PhD



“Bodies in Motion — Brains in Motion”  Better Learning in an Enriched Environment




Additional presentations to be posted.  Stay tuned.


Snapshots from the 2013 Early Childhood Education Design Conference

Snapshots from the 2013 Early Childhood Education Design Conference

Thanks to our exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees, the 2013 Early Childhood Education Design Conference was a success!  We are looking forward to the next Early Childhood Education Design Conference set for October 24, 2014, in the same location, Turnhalle, Auraria Campus, Denver, CO.  Please send your speaker and topic ideas to

“As the director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center and a former early childhood director, I was impressed with how brilliantly Dr. Walter Gilliam outlined for the audience why the early years are critical for the development of children emphasizing the importance of family and the positive, long-lasting effects of high quality early learning environments.”

Christine R. Harms MS
Colorado School Safety Resource Center