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60th Annual AECA Conference

  • 10/21/2021
  • 8:00 AM
  • 10/23/2021
  • 4:00 PM
  • 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, AR
  • 473

Registration

  • This is a special registration for the primary presenter for each session to receive 50% off of registration.
  • Members may attend one day of the conference for $50. Rate good through September 30, 2021.
  • Members may attend one-day only for $65 if registering after September 30, 2021.
  • Members may register for the full conference for an early bird price of $85.00 if registered by August 2, 2021.
  • Member registration after September 30, 2021
  • Member registration from August 3 through September 30, 2021.
  • Non-members may attend one day of the conference for $85. Only choose this option if you are NOT an AECA Member.
  • Non-members may register for one day for $100 after September 30, 2021. Only choose this option if you are NOT a member of AECA.
  • Non-members may attend the full conference for $125 if registered by September 30, 2021. Only choose this option if you are *not* an AECA Member.
  • Non-members may register for the conference for $140 if registering after September 30, 2021. Only choose this option if you are NOT a member of AECA.
  • This is a special rate for a session's primary presenter who submitted a proposals and was accepted by the due date .
  • Student members may register for one-day only for $45 if registered by September 30, 2021.
  • Student members may register for one day for $60.00 after September 30, 2021
  • Student members may attend the full conference for $45 if registered by August 2, 2021.
  • Student members may attend the full conference for $65.00 if registered after September 30, 2021.
  • Student members may attend the full conference for $55 if registered between August 3 and September 30, 2021.


Thursday, October 21 - Saturday, October 23, 2021

Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, North Little Rock

AECA is excited to return to our in-person conference this year for the 60th anniversary.  We will be celebrating Seasons of Change | Hope for Tomorrow.  We have planned an exciting conference this year for all of our early childhood friends.  One of the highlights of our conference has always been the networking and conversations. This is one of the reasons we felt like we needed a face-to-face conference this year. We have endured a season of challenges and we're still navigating our way through it.  But we hope the sessions at this year's conference will give us guidance and hope going forward.  We invite you and all early childhood colleagues to join us in North Little Rock for this exciting event.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Keynote speakers are currently being finalized and we will have some announcements by July 1. The conference program will be published as soon as the schedule and sessions are finalized.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The Wyndham Riverfront Hotel will provide a block of rooms for AECA conference participants for $104 (plus taxes) per room.  We will be sending out the hotel reservation link by July 1 The hotel address is 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, AR 72114. The hotel can be reached at (501) 371-9000.

MEMBERSHIP: If you are not already a member, we invite you to become a part of your state’s association. It’s so easy! Just complete the membership information on the conference registration form. For just $39 ($25 for students), you will receive a year’s membership in AECA, as well as the Southern Early Childhood Association. 

To get the member rate when registering for the conference, you must be current on your membership and you must be logged into the AECA website with the email address used for your membership.  If you need to renew, you must renew FIRST and then register for the conference. Call 501-680-1930 if you have any questions.

PRESENTERS: If you are interested in presenting, please complete and submit the call for presenters outline form. You may obtain form here: 2021 Call for Presenter Submission.pdf. Primary presenters who are approved by August 1 will be able to register for the conference for $47.50.

VENDORS/EXHIBITORS: We will have our vendor hall open during the conference. If you are interested in exhibiting, you can download our exhibitor prospectus here: AECA 2021 Exhibitor-Sponsor Prospectus.pdf

DIRECTORS & ADMINISTRATORS: Directors' Luncheon plans are still being finalized.  For all of you who are directors, you will receive separate information on how to make reservations in the next couple of weeks.  As always, the luncheon will be free of change to conference participants.

COVID PRECAUTIONS:  At this time, there are no mandated precautions in place at the hotel, and AECA will not mandate any specific measures.  (The current CDC guidelines no longer call for masks if you have been vaccinated.)  However, each individual can decide for themselves what are prudent measures to take for their situation including masks and social distancing. The hotel has implemented strict sanitary measures for rooms and public spaces. We will only be using breakout spaces where there is room to spread out.

CANCELLATION:  Participants may request a 100% refund of their registration fee through September 1, 2021.  From September 1-21, we will refund 50% of the registration fee due to cancellation.  There are no refunds after September 21.  If a state of emergency is declared due to the pandemic and a force majeure clause is activated to cancel our agreement with the hotel, we will refund 100% of all registration fees up until the conference dates.


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