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21st Annual Early Years Conference

Power to the professional: diversity, equity, inclusion

March 15 and 16, 2024 ● Town and Country Resort


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About the Conference

Join us for the 21st Annual Early Years Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion! The Early Years Conference is a celebration of your personal learning journey and unwavering dedication to the continuous improvement of early childhood education. This year's conference promises to be an enlightening experience, aimed at showcasing how your role as an early educator fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion in all early learning and care settings.

We eagerly anticipate your participation in this upcoming year's conference, where we will collectively celebrate your journey, commitment, and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion in early learning and care settings. Together, we'll equip ourselves with the knowledge and tools to create a more responsive and empowering educational experience for every child and family.


Conference Objectives

Anti-Bias Education: Ensure educators are anti-racist and free of bias, student-centered, and focused on the whole child, including their social and emotional needs. Build understanding of how children develop the concept of race at an early age and how this impacts their understanding of self and the world. Foster inclusive conversations that promote tolerance and respect.

Culturally Relevant Strategies: This conference strives to equip the workforce with strategies that are culturally relevant and responsive. Learn how to engage with children, families, and communities from diverse backgrounds effectively. Promote an asset-based lens and emphasize strengths, talents, and potential in every child and family.

Inclusive Practices: Respond to the needs of children in all levels of ability. Discover inclusive teaching methods that create an environment where every child can thrive. Gain a deeper understanding of all children, including those with exceptional needs, and discover how these practices lay the foundation for lifelong learning and success.

Multi-Language Learners: Delve into effective strategies and approaches for nurturing the language development and cultural competence of multilingual learners in early learning and care settings. Gain insights into creating inclusive environments that celebrate linguistic diversity and promote strong language foundations for all children.

Strengthening Families: Supply information about removing barriers for families within the early learning and care mixed delivery system. Empower families to engage actively in their children's education and overcome obstacles. Strengthening families is a crucial aspect of early learning and empowering parents ensures children have the support they need to flourish.

Trauma and Resilience: Explore the vital role of trauma-informed practices in early learning and how they contribute to the well-being and development of young learners. Learn strategies to create safe and supportive environments that foster resilience in children who have experienced trauma, enabling them to thrive and reach their full potential.

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Spotlight on Early Literacy

Early literacy plays a crucial role in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in several ways:

Language Development: By including books that feature diverse languages and dialects, children can learn to appreciate linguistic diversity and develop respect for different ways of speaking. 

Cultural Awareness: Reading stories that celebrate different cultural traditions, holidays, and customs can help children develop cultural competence and a sense of belonging, regardless of their own cultural background. 

Critical Thinking and Empathy: Exposure to diverse narratives encourages critical thinking and discussions about fairness, justice, and equality. It fosters empathy as children learn to relate to characters who face challenges due to their race, gender, abilities, or other characteristics.

Early literacy serves as a powerful tool for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion by shaping children's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors from a young age. By exposing children to diverse voices, stories, and experiences, we can help build a more inclusive and equitable society for future generations.



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Target Audience

Individuals who work directly with or in support of the following age groups: Infant/Toddler (I/T), PreKindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten (PK/TK), and/or Kindergarten (K).




Call for presenters is open!





Becoming an Early Years Conference sponsor is a valuable way to connect with early childhood education professionals, exchange information, and introduce new products and services. This in-person, two-day conference will be at San Diego’s Town and Country Hotel at 500 Hotel Circle North on March 15 and 16, 2024. This event is anticipated to draw over 1,000 professionals and is designed to provide valuable brand advertising and networking for your organization. Become a sponsor today and be introduced to this extensive group of growing professionals advancing the field of early learning and education!

Select the sponsorship level that best fits your organization!

  2-Day Platinum $1,600 2-Day Gold $1,350 1-Day Silver $900 Star Partner $500
  Platinum Level Application Gold Level Application Silver Level Application Star Partner  Application
Color advertisement/ recognition in the official event program and emailed electronically to all attendees Full Page Color
1/2 Page Color
1/4 Page Color
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Company logo visibility and recognition on San Diego County Office of Education’s website conference page (hyperlink logo) and event Included  Included  Included  Included 
Company website link on post-event thank you email Included  Included  Included  Included 
Recognition on San Diego County Office of Education’s website conference page (hyperlink logo) Included  Included  Included  Included 
Meals for company representatives (breakfast, lunch, snack) & conference entry to attend sessions 2 Representatives 2 Representatives 1 Representative  
Exhibit table to display your company materials and resources Included  Included  Included   
Post attendee email list Included  Included     
Priority selection of exhibit table location (secured after payment received) Included       
Access to exhibitor hall for pre-set up (8pm – 9:30pm evening before conference) Included       
Promotion of product or service demonstration in the conference schedule with description Included       
Banner advertisement in one of the San Diego County Office of Education’s Quality Preschool Initiative Preschool email blast (Quarter 4) Included       





Early Years Conference attendees may use this courtesy link for a discount off of the best available rate depending on when guests book.


Town and Country Resort
500 Hotel Cir N
San Diego, CA 92108