Call for Papers
Please review the proposal guide below for information about proposing a future conference workshop or presentation in 2018.
The 15th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference will be held in New York City at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on May 1-4, 2018. It is a unique forum in NYC that brings together all early childhood professionals and parents to learn about the latest information, products, services, and resources for early childhood development. The focus of our conference is on the essential topics & innovative approaches that can help all young children learn & grow well. Our attendees need and appreciate practical information that they can use immediately in their work. About half of the conference program will include topics affecting all children (e.g., social emotional development), and half of the program will include topics on autism, speech, motor, behavior, and other developmental disorders and special needs.
Themes & Topic Suggestions
- Art Education & Therapy
- Autism Assessment & Treatment
- Behavior Management
- Bilingual Language Development/Issues
- Cognitive Assessment
- Common Core
- Creative Curriculum
- High Scope
- Reggio Emilia
- Developmental Discipline
- Discipline Strategies
- Divorce Impact & Legal
- Early Diagnosis
- Early Literacy
- Early Math Skills
- Educational Policy
- Emotional Intelligence & Literacy
- Feeding Issues
- Immigrant Issues
- Innovative Programs/Approaches
- International Approaches
- Leadership in Early ChildhoodMental Health
- Motor Development
- Movement Activities
- Multicultural Issues
- Music, Learning, Movement
- Parent-Professional Partnerships
- Play Based-Approaches
- Positive Parenting
- Preschool Special Education
- Resiliency Development
- Selective Mutism
- Sensory Integration/Issues
- Sleep Issues
- Social/Emotional Skills Development
- Speech/Language Issues
- Technology Innovations (e.g. – New Mobile & PC Applications & iPad)
- Transition to Kindergarten
- TV and Young Children
- Yoga & Holistic Integrative Approaches
May 1-4, 2018 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM each day
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in New York City
481 8th Avenue @ 34th Street, NY, NY 10001
Professionals ~ 90% (teachers, special education teachers, administrators,directors, teacher assistants, social workers, speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists)
Parents ~ 5%
Students ~ 5%
No. of Sessions:
About 100 sessions
Typical Session Size:
Regular sessions typically attract 25 – 250 attendees, and keynotes usually attract 300-700 attendees
Presentations need to provide useful & practical information to practitioners on essential topics in early childhood development. See the topic list above for a list of topics sought. Feel free to submit a different topic that is not on this list if you feel it would be essential and relevant for early childhood professionals
We seek presenters who are experts in their field & who are authors or authorities on their topic. We seek presenters who have a proven ability to deliver highly rated presentations.
The conference committee will review all proposals in November/December 2017 and will make announcements about accepted proposals to the speakers by December. Speakers need to confirm their attendance and register by December 15 (see below). The conference program will be released to the public in December.
Please note that speakers are required to register at our conference and that the speaker fees are substantially discounted at 50% of the regular attendee registration rate. Speaker fees are as follows: $112.50 for 1 day (regular rate is $225), $162.50 for 2 days (regular rate is $325), $212.50 for 3 days (regular rate is $425). You also have the option to add on any pre-conference workshops at the same 50% discount of the regular attendee registration. To register please go to our conference website www.youngchildexpo.com. If you have any questions feel free to call 212-787-9700 x 333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting sessions begin at 8:30am on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and end at about 4:30pm. Almost all sessions are 1 hour, although it may be possible to be approved for a half day or full day preconference workshop. Attendance size at any specific session cannot be predicted.
Audio Visual Materials Provided to Presenters
The following audio visual equipment will be provided standard to all presenters without charge:
- LCD Projector and Screen
- Laser Pointer/Wireless Mouse
Please advise us if you require additional audio visual equipment. We strongly encourage you to bring BOTH your own LAPTOP and USB drive with your presentation on each. This will help us avoid technology issues.
Proposal Deadline and Acceptance Notification
Proposal deadline – 9/30/17
Notification date – 12/17
Notification of receipt of your submission – 1 business day. If you do not receive notification of receipt then please email or call us. Emails can get caught in a spam filter. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about a proposed presentation.
We are green!
Handouts are required for all presenters as attendees expect and greatly value handouts. The Young Child Expo & Conference has gone green and we are being environmentally conscious. Thus handouts are electronic. Once your presentation proposal is accepted please email your PowerPoint presentation or handouts to email@example.com by 4/3/18. We will post your PowerPoint or other handouts online only for attendees to access just prior to the conference so that attendees can print the handouts if they wish. The guiding principal for your handouts and/or presentation is that it will be useful to participants. PowerPoint of your presentation is ideal. Alternatively, if you do not have a PowerPoint presentation then please provide a summary of major points and a resource and/or reference list for attendees.
No Promotion of Your Service or Product
We accept speaker proposals from individuals as well as from companies who also wish to exhibit and/or sponsor. It is acceptable for any presenter to make a small mention of your product or service during your talk. However, attendees rate presenters negatively when they are perceived to be “selling their product” instead of providing useful information. The purpose of the conference sessions is to educate and not to sell. Exhibit booths, sponsors and advertising is the best way to reach your audience about your product or service. Thus, please keep any remarks about any product or service that you might offer only to a brief mention. Feel free to consult with us about any questions you may have. The conference presentations are primarily to provide useful information and education, and the exhibits are the space to actively promote or sell products or services. If we receive complaints that your presentation includes too much selling of your product or service then we will not be able to invite you back as a future speaker. The exception to this policy is when a conference session or workshop is clearly announced as a description of a program, product or service.
Exhibits & Sponsorship
40 organizations and companies who provide services or offer products and resources for young children will participate at the 2017 Young Child Expo and Conference. The conference provides a great opportunity to connect early childhood educators, professionals and parents with the latest resources and information to help young children develop, grow and prosper. Please contact us right away if your organization is interested in sponsorship or reserving an exhibitor table since space is very limited and we sell out early. Go to our website for our Prospectus which includes all info needed for Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Advertisers.
On behalf of the conference committee we thank you for your interest in our conference.
Dr. Scott Mesh, PhD
CEO, Los Niños Services, Conference Co-Director
Dr. Zsuzsanna Kiraly, PhD
Director, Hagin School Consultation and Early Childhood Centers, Fordham University, Conference Co-Director
Nancy Evangelista, MSW
Conference Coordinator, Los Niños Training