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2017 Conference Activities


Early Childhood Networking Reception

Join us for a special reception at Skyroom on Wednesday evening, May 3, 2017 – 5:00pm -7:00pm. It’s one of the city’s highest rooftop bar & skyline lounge with 360 degree views. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeurves with early childhood professionals from around the world. Simply bring your conference badge as your admission. Come celebrate with us. Skyroom is located at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan/Times Square – 330 W. 40th St, New York, NY 10018, (212) 380-1195,


Early Bird $25 until 4/7/17, After Early Bird – $45

If you already registered and would like to add this on to your conference experience call 1-212-787-9700 x 333 and speak to Nancy Evangelista, Conference Coordinator.

Join Your Colleagues to Dine Around NYC! 

A Local volunteer tour guide from Los Niños Services will be guiding groups for dinner to restaurant hot spots around NYC on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5pm – 7:30pm. These restaurants attract locals and tourists alike.

For those that are not familiar with NYC, this is a great way to experience the city while not worrying about getting lost! You will have the chance to network with the conference director, Scott Mesh and fellow attendees from around the world.

Simply sign up for a dinner group and our local volunteers will take you to the local restaurant.  Diners will walk, or take a cab or subway to the venue.  Attendees are responsible for the cost of their meals therefore we recommend that they bring cash.  Note that attendees are also responsible for their travel costs.

To Sign Up:

  1. Register by clicking on REGISTER NOW. Remember no payment is required for registration!
  2. Meet your group in the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel lobby at 4:45pm on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 and present your group reservation to your tour guide
  3. ENJOY dinner!
  4. Your tour guide will take the group back to the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.  Feel free to explore the city on your own or catch a Broadway show after dinner!

You may only choose ONE restaurant option. Space is extremely limited so be sure to reserve your spot! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hang with your international colleagues!

The restaurant options are below.  Click the restaurant name to be directed to the website:

  1. Carmine’s (Italian)
  2. Gaonnuri (Korean BBQ Restaurant)
  3. Junior’s Restaurant Times Square (American)
  4. Pio Pio (Peruvian Restaurant)
  5. Smash Burger (Burger/American)   

If you any questions or additional concerns, feel free to contact our conference team at  at (212) 787-9700 ext. 336. You may also contact them via email at

See details on each restaurant below:

  1. Carmine’s (Italian)


Address:  200 West 44th Street, NY, NY 10036 (Theatre District)

Phone Number: (212) 221-3800


Description: Carmine’s is a family style restaurant offering exceptional value to its guests through the many dishes of Southern Italian cuisine. Platters of home-style antipasto, pasta, decadent seafood or meat entrees and of course homemade desserts are all staples at Carmine’s, meant for sharing amongst friends and family!  Be sure to check out the menu on the website. **NOTE: They do not give individual bills at Carmine’s!  In other words, they only provide one bill and then you are responsible for splitting the bill. It is recommended that you bring cash! 

  1. Gaonnuri (Korean)

Gaonnuri (2)

Address: 1250 Broadway Penthouse (39th Floor), New York, NY 10001

Phone Number: (212) 971-9045


Description: The name GAONNURI represents our placement in what we believe is the center of the world, both physically and figuratively. Located in the heart of New York City, a city that represents the intersection of the finest cuisines and eclectic cultures, GAONNURI seeks to gather people of all backgrounds to share in a traditional Korean dining experience. We hope that the authenticity of the food and the enjoyment of the dining experience will invite patrons for generations to come. Thank you for allowing us to invite and serve you in our own culinary center. 

  1. Junior’s Restaurant (American)

Junior's Cheesecake

Address: 1515 Broadway (45th St. B/W Broadway & 8th Ave), New York, NY 10019

Phone Number: (212) 302-2000


Description:  Home of the World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake! Whether you are seeing a Broadway show, touring the sights or just in need of a great stop in the heart of the city, Junior’s on Broadway is the ideal location at the Crossroads of the World. This spectacular restaurant features outdoor dining on our patio during the summer, a full service bar and beautiful new dining room. Our extensive menu features most of our favorite Brooklyn specialties as well as some added sophisticated salads and entrees perfect for a night out in the big city! We are located near the corner of Broadway and 45th Street with a take away entrance in the famous Shubert Alley linking 44th and 45th Streets. Of course, we have a bakery with a full selection of coffee drinks and cakes and pastries as well. Trivia Fact–when opened in 2006, our famous “Brooklyn, NY” sign on the Restaurant Kiosk confused tourists and locals alike who thought they exited the subway at the wrong stop. We like to call it a taste of Brooklyn in the heart of Manhattan.

  1. Pio Pio (Peruvian)

Pio Pio

Address: 604 Tenth Avenue (between 43rd & 44th Streets), NY, NY

Phone Number:  (212) 459-2929


Description: This Pio Pio location features multiple areas in which to experience the food, drinks, and “casa alegre” vibe. The 40 foot long marble bar offers plenty of space. The drink menu includes pisco cocktails made with fresh juices and marinated fruits, as well as white and red sangrias. Several tables and booths overlook a large double-floor dining room underneath a ceiling made of thousands of randomly-woven tree branches. According to the website, Architectural Record, it is a place in which one can “forget the streets of New York and soak in the enchanting quality of the place.” If you’ve been to Pio Pio but not here, please stop in. If you’ve been here before, we’re sure you’ll want to return for their chicken and other Peruvian plates, like their dozen-plus selection of ceviches, Chinese-Peruvian stir fries, steak, and fish. Make sure to check their website to look at their menu!

  1. Smashburger (American/Burger)

Smashburger Empire State (4)

Address: 10 W 33rd Street, NY, NY 10001

Phone Number: (646) 692-6445


Description:  In 2007 we opened the first Smashburger with one simple notion in mind: despite the overwhelming number of restaurants serving burgers, Americans were starving for something better. And we could deliver. Our vision is to connect with America’s passion for its favorite food on a local level and in a space where “Smashed Fresh, Served Delicious” means dedication to crafting the best-tasting burger around. Our smashed burgers are always made-to-order, never frozen, smashed and seared to perfection on our grill. Our menu is also kid-friendly, vegetarian-approved and topped off with frosty milkshakes. This Smashburger in particular is located right next to the Empire State Building! Check out the menu on their website.


Selected short films will run from 12:00pm to 12:40pm each day of the conference. These inspirational and educational films will delight you with their look into the world of special needs. Award winning filmmakers document the challenges and families as they negotiate their world. Preview these films for your own enjoyment and education.

Schedule of the 2017 films are listed below:

Wednesday May 3, 2017


Thursday May 4, 2017:

A Dose for Dominic

Chimes for Tyler

The Tales of The Golden Sand

My Little Brother from the Moon

Friday May 5, 2017:


I love Grilled Cheese

Father’s Voices: A Journey to the heart

Ups not Downs