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CONFERENCE

37th Annual National Conference: How Successful Directors Lead

About The Conference

The AELL Annual National Conference, How Successful Directors Lead is the ONE event specifically designed for early learning administrators featuring 40+ educational sessions on leadership, administration, finance, marketing, legal, and program quality presented by national experts. 

Conference Sponsors

A huge shoutout to our 2020 Conference Sponsors: Amazon Business, FunShine Express, IntelliKid Systems, Kangarootime, Kaplan, and Markel!

CONFERENCE DETAILS

About the Conference
The AELL Annual National Conference, How Successful Directors Lead is the ONE event specifically designed for early learning administrators featuring 35+ educational sessions on leadership, administration, finance, marketing, legal, and program quality presented by national experts.

To download the 37th Annual National Conference overview, click here.

Attend In-Person:  Join us at the beautiful Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista for our first in-person training event in 2021!  CDC health and safety protocols will be followed and our host hotel has implemented the Hilton CleanStay program for the well-being of all guests.  

Attend Virtually: We recognize and understand that some people will not be able to join us in Orlando but still want to benefit from the outstanding training opportunities available.  For that reason, we will have an abbreviated Virtual Conference Experience available July 15 & 16, 2021. Virtual attendees will be able to access all keynote sessions, a limited schedule of breakout session options, and a Virtual Exhibit Hall.  

Who Should Participate?
Early Care and Education Directors, Owners, VPs & Managers, Agency Administrators, Education Coordinators, Specialists, Trainers & Consultants, Assistant Directors and Emerging Leaders.

Where can I contact an organizer with questions?
Email us at [email protected] or call 512-301-5557. 

Are there any scholarship opportunities?
Yes! Please click here for more information on the Legacy Commission Conference Scholarships.

Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you can update your registration information at any time. Just email [email protected] for assistance.

 

About the Virtual Conference
We recognize and understand that some people will not be able to join us in Orlando but still want to benefit from the outstanding training opportunities available.  For that reason, we will have an abbreviated Virtual Conference Experience available July 15 & 16, 2021. Virtual attendees will be able to access all keynote sessions, a limited schedule of breakout session options, and a Virtual Exhibit Hall.  

Where Can I Register?
Click here to register today!

Where can I contact an organizer with questions?
Email us at [email protected] or call 512-301-5557. 

 

View the AELL 37th Annual National Conference schedule & directory.

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, speaker availability may change and can result in conference schedule changes. 

 

OptionsMemberNon-Member
3-Day Conference Registration
(Virtual & In Person)

$465

$595

Registration / Membership Bundle

(includes 3-Day Conference Registration and 1 Full Year of Membership)

$565

$565

PreConference Training Event: Life is Good Playmakers
June 16, 2021
$99$149
PreConference Training Event: Life is Good Leading with Optimism
June 16, 2021
$99$149
PreConference Training Bundle: Life is Good Playmakers (AM) and Leading with Optimism (PM)
June 16, 2021
$179$279

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CEUs

CEUs are offered for every session at no additional cost. The Association for Early Learning Leaders has partnered with Stalwart-Genesis to provide Continuing Education Units for conference attendees.

 

GROUP RATES

FOR 3-DAY CONFERENCE: Register four or more directors, owners, or administrators and receive 10% discount for ALL 3-day registrations.

Please email [email protected] or call us at 512-551-0857 for group promo code.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to [email protected]. Cancellations received before April 1, 2021 are refundable minus a $125 processing fee. No-shows and cancellations received after April 1, 2021 will not be eligible for a refund.

REGISTRATION TRANSFERS: Registration is transferable without penalty or funds can be applied to another posted AELL training event.

 

LEGACY COMMISSION CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

The Legacy Commission was formed by past Board Presidents of the Association with the purpose of “giving back” and supporting the mission and legacy of AELL and all it represents.  As an extension of that effort, we are making available a limited number of scholarship awards for use at 37th Annual National Conference, How Successful Directors Lead.  It is truly our joy to support the ongoing professional development of early learning leaders like you!

Please review the eligibility requirements and guidelines below and submit completed application below along with requested supporting documents.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Candidate must be a member in good standing with AELL.
  • Candidate must be actively working in the field of early education.
  • Candidate must submit all required documents in a timely and complete manner.

CRITERIA

  • Completed scholarship application
  • Updated resume
  • Letter on company letterhead from your current employer stating why you are deserving of this scholarship
  • Typewritten, double-spaced 200-word essay addressing the following questions: 
    • Why have you chosen a career in Early Education? 
    • What are your career goals? 
    • What impact would this scholarship have on your education and career goals?

PROCEDURE

Applications should be emailed to Lori Buxton, [email protected].

 

CLICK HERE FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Keynote Speakers

 

Steve Gross

Steve Gross, M.S.W., is the founder and chief playmaker of the Life is Good Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to spread the power of optimism to help kids heal. The foundation partners with leading childcare organizations to strengthen to strengthen their capacity to build healing, life-changing relationships with the children in their care.

Steve’s teachings have been utilized across the country and throughout the world in response to the social and emotional needs of communities deeply impacted by poverty, violence, and illness. Steve helps others discover their own sense of optimism so that they can inspire the people around them to focus on the good and overcome life’s most difficult challenges.

Ronald V. McGuckin

Mr. McGuckin has gained a national reputation as “The Child Care Lawyer”. Each year, he trains thousands of Child Care professionals on a variety of issues including personnel, administration, infectious disease policies, confidentiality, and other management and legal issues. He is the founding Board President of a county wide Head Start Program and continues to have a strong interest and involvement in the Head Start Program. Mr. McGuckin is Agency Counsel for many Child Care agencies in Pennsylvania and has consulting agreements with Child Care Agencies in most states. He is the co-author of three valuable resources for Child Care administrators: “Current Issues in Child Care” which focuses on legal aspects of operating a Child Care program, “Model Personnel Policies for Child Care Agencies 1st through 4th Editions” which contains a CD to produce a customized Personnel Policy Manual for your Child Care Agency and “Model Parent Handbook for Child Care Agencies,” which has proven to be a valuable asset to the Child Care industry nationwide. In 2003, Mr. McGuckin received recognition from Pennsylvania Pathways and was awarded the status of “Specialty Discipline Trainer” (SD-0755000).

 

THE CALL FOR 2021 CONFERENCE PRESENTERS IS NOW CLOSED. 

Please read the following information carefully before submitting your proposal.  

The Association for Early Learning Leaders pursues experts in the early care and education community to present sessions from a national perspective to early care and education directors, administrators and owners at our Annual Conference, How Successful Directors Lead! The Association prides itself on the high-level of quality and professionalism that is upheld throughout the conference.

Sessions incorporate the following areas of expertise: leadership, legal, business administration, budgeting, insurance-liability, health & safety, curriculum, assessment, instructional leadership, parent education and program quality-accreditation. In order to lead a quality early learning program, directors are required to have knowledge, skills and abilities from diverse areas. Nationally known experts from across the country are secured to share a wealth of knowledge and experience with our participants.

The Association for Early Learning Leaders is a professional organization committed to strengthening the skill level of leaders in the field of early care and education. We believe that effective management is the critical link to superior programs.

The Association will be accepting applications for the 2021 National Conference through January 15, 2021. The requests are thoroughly reviewed and presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 1, 2021. Presentations are to be 1 hour and 45 minutes in length. Selected presenters will be required to submit a completed and approved CEU application no later than March 31, 2021.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements for Presenters

Each presenter is responsible for making individual travel and hotel arrangements. The availability of hotel accommodations is limited at the conference site so reserve early. Conference group rate information is available on the Conference Accommodations page.

Conference Registration

All presenters will receive one complimentary conference registration that includes many conference extended events including lunch on Thursday and Friday.   After we receive your signed agreement, we will provide you with information regarding registration. Conference presenters will have reserved seating. Additional tickets may be purchased at $50 each.

The Association does not offer honorariums for session presenters but is pleased to provide a letter of participation for you to include in your professional speaking portfolio.

ROOM SET-UP:

The training room will be set up for approximately 40-80 people with a presenter’s table in front.

AUDIO/VISUAL:

Each presenter will have access to a projector and screen. These items will be provided by the Association at no extra cost. We respectfully request that each presenter provide a laptop if one is needed during the presentation. Should additional audio/visual equipment be required, arrangements will be made at your expenses with the contracted audio visual company for the Conference.  Internet access is not always freely available.  Please consider this when building your training content.

HANDOUTS:

The Association requests that each presenter provide a handout corresponding with the topic of discussion and sufficient copies for all attendees. Handouts should be no more than four (4) pages in length and contain a minimum of three website resources and two additional resources or references related to the topic.

ACCREDITATION STANDARDS:

The Association for Early Learning Leaders sponsors the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. If accreditation standards are referenced during the presentation, please include accreditation standards in the reference. For questions on particular standards, contact [email protected]

PROMOTING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:

The Association for Early Learning Leaders recognizes that the National Conference is often used as a vehicle for presenters to expand their own markets.  The Association encourages the dissemination of knowledge promoting personal and professional development and to enhance the quality of early care and education programs.  To respectively maintain a balance of dissemination of information and marketing, presenters are encouraged to purchase an exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall.  Interested presenters may contact Lori Buxton, Managing Director, at [email protected] for reservations in the Exhibit Hall.

Please help us maintain the professional integrity of the conference by abstaining from the appearance of using your session as a marketing venue.  Presenters will not be allowed to sell, display, or promote their events, publications, materials, and/or services during their training presentation.  You will be permitted to distribute promotional materials to participants at the conclusion of your session and our conference Ambassadors are happy to facilitate distribution of your materials.

Failure to abide by presenter guidelines may result in your not being invited to present at future AELL training events.

 

SUBMIT RFP FOR 2021 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

SUBMIT 2021 PRESENTER AGREEMENT

Accomodations

The 37th Annual National Conference will be held on June 16-19, 2021 at the beautiful Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area Reservations are now being accepted. 

CLICK HERE FOR RESERVATIONS! 

Special AELL Conference Room Rate: $189 per night (standard double queen or single king room)

Room blocks traditionally sell out at this venue, so please reserve early!  A deposit of one night’s lodging will be applied to your credit card at the time of reservation.  

Check In: 4:00 p.m.          Check Out: 11:00 a.m.

Shuttle & Transportation Services

We look forward to welcoming you to our 37th Annual National How Successful Directors Lead Conference! This year, the conference will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area which is located about 20 miles away from Orlando International Airport (MCO).

We have currently been unable to negotiate airport shuttle services that fit our needs so we have listed other transportation options listed below.

Average Transportation Costs (One-way) from Orlando International Airport (MCO)

  • Uber: $56
  • Lyft: $55
  • Taxi: $59-65

Contact Information for Local Taxi Service Companies

            • Ryde     (407) 603-6908
            • Flat Rate Taxi Drivers    (407) 259-2944
            • Embassy Transportation     (407) 900-8257
            • Caleys Taxi    (321) 750-6589
            • Ride Now    (407) 341-6488
            • 1A Airport Taxi     (407) 545-7483
            • Yellow/City Cab    (407) 422-2222
            • Ace Metro/Luxury    (407) 855-1111
            • Diamond Cab     (407) 523-3333
            • Town & Country     (407) 828-3035
            • Orlando Cab    (407) 575-7757
            • Mears    (407) 422-2222

 

Driving & Parking

The 37th Annual National Conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area, June 16-19, 2021.  Hotel reservations are now being accepted.  More information can be found on the Conference Accommodations page.

Conference participants will receive a discount of 50% on posted self-parking rates at the host hotel.

 

 

Flights

The 37th Annual National Conference will be held June 16-19, 2021 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.  The nearest airport is the Orlando International Airport (MCO). 

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