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Everything is bigger in Texas and our 35th anniversary conference in April 2019 will be no exception!




"Legacy is not leaving something for people.  It's leaving something in people." ~ Peter Strople



In 2019, the Association for Early Learning Leaders will celebrate 35 years of investing in leaders in early care and education from all over the nation and beyond.  With a laser focus on developing high quality, equipped and empowered leaders, the Association has become the resource for directors, owners and administrators.  The ripple effect of our investment in leaders has been and continues to be far reaching and incredibly important as it ultimately impacts the youngest learners and those who teach and care for them.

We invite you to be part of this very special conference honoring the Association and the leaders we serve!  This is a must do on your 2019 Training Calendar.  


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  • Register Early and Save Your Seat!  The 2018 National Conference was a sell out and registration for 2019 is trending in the same direction!  Breakout session space is limited and early registration gives you the best opportunity to get your first choice in scheduling!

  • Half Now/Half Later Payment Option:  We are happy to accommodate a split payment option of half now and half later.  When indicated during the registration process, select "invoice" and follow the instructions provided.

  • Groups of 4 or More:  Click on the promotional code link in the top right corner of the ticket selection window and use the discount code GROUP to receive your 10% discount.  Hit the back arrow in the left corner to get back to the ticket selection window and your updated rates.

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Special Conference Events

Leader's Night Out! 

Wednesday, 4/10, 7:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $139 per person


Experience 360 degree views of Dallas from the top of Reunion Tower as you dine on mouth-watering offerings from Wolfgang Puck's world renowned restaurant and complimentary wine, beer, and soda.  This will be a night to remember as you mingle with friends, new and old!  Your Leader's Night Out experience also includes transportation and a complimentary ticket for the GeO Deck.  

The cost for this event is $139 per person.  Space is limited so reserve your place early!



*Event limited to conference registrants and conference guests



Pre-Conference: Keys for Successfully Marketing & Branding Your Business

with the Deluxe Team!

Wednesday, 4/10, 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $99 per person with conference registration / $159 per person non-conference registrants


If you are searching for ways to be more of a presence in your community and stand out in the crowd of centers in your neighborhood, this interactive, extended pre-conference session with the small business experts from Deluxe is a must for your conference experience!  Bringing the same strategies and resources you've seen on Hulu's hit show, "Small Business Revolution", the Deluxe team will set you on a course to success!  




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



Email us at or call 512-301-5557.



REGISTRATION CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to Cancellations received on or before February 1, 2019 are refundable minus a $40 processing fee. Cancellations received between February 2 - March 10, 2019 are refundable minus a $125 processing fee. No-shows and cancellations received after March 10, 2019 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.



Yes!  You can update your registration information at any time.  Just email for assistance.



We encourage businesses, services and resource agencies who support early education to consider being part of this special conference for early learning leaders.  Our audience of decision-makers looks forward to building their professional network and would love to know more about how you and your company can support their leadership and program.  


The 2019 Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus will guide you through our event and the many engagement opportunities available.  We invite and encourage you to consider adding the 35th Anniversary National Conference to your 2019 calendar of events!


2019 Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus Download



Curious to see what conference is like? Check out highlights from 2016! 




The 35th Anniversary 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 registration is now open. Register now to ensure your seat before sessions are full or event is sold out!

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



We recommend that you make your lodging reservations early!  Our 2018 room block sold out as well as the hotel itself before our room block date expired and many of our campers had to stay at nearby hotels.  To make your reservation online visit:


Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, Dallas


Special AELL rates are available now through March 18, 2019.  




The Omni Mandalay Hotel is conveniently located within 15-20 minutes from both DFW and Love Field. Love Field is home for Southwest Airlines. 




Shuttle information is currently being negotiated and will posted soon!


Other cost effective transportation options include Uber and Lyft. 





The Omni Mandalay Hotel is pleased to offer complimentary self-parking if you are driving in for this event.



As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Association's aim is to provide quality and accessible professional development at a value-cost to you. We offer payment plans and group discounts.


Our conference is 3 days jam packed with learning and networking opportunities, as well as opportunities to have some YOU time on destination tours.  The full conference schedule will be released Fall 2018.  




Over 25 years ago, Dave Davlin began bringing smiles to faces with a form of entertainment he developed as a young boy. From NBA and major college arenas across America to the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea— and even to the world-famous Branson Strip— “Travelin” Davlin has entertained people of every age and background. His amazing ability with basketballs even landed his name and picture in the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records.

Dave began to hone his speaking skills in the early 90’s as a national speaker in the public schools across America. Combining his entertainment ability with a powerful message, he was instrumental in the fight for education and against drugs. At the advice of friends working in corporate America, Dave began to develop presentations for the corporate and association market and the rest is history. He now speaks at numerous corporate and association conferences each year. From public school students to CEOs, Dave’s message has made a difference in the lives of thousands, and his impact continues to grow each year as he shares his philosophy and wisdom through speaking and writing.



Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time education entrepreneur. He is the Chief Operating Officer of WeGrow, an education initiative by WeWork, and before this served as the Co-Founder & CEO of MissionU (acquired by WeWork in May 2018). He was previously Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization that has built more than 450 schools around the world.
He has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the Worldand was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.
Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling abroad as a college student he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who when asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “a pencil.”
This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave Bain & Company several years later to start with just $25. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, the organization has now raised more than $50M to address global education. Through his work at MissionU and WeGrow, Braun has combined his passion for mission-driven impact to support children and adults in the pursuit of unlocking their greatest potential.

Braun graduated from Brown University and has been a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges and Fortune 500 companies. He avidly engages with his social media following of over 900,000 people and in 2015 he received the nation’s most prestigious award for public service, the Jefferson Award.

His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and went on to become a #1 national bestseller.





Our national conference features industry experts from around the country and beyond. Download the complete conference schedule here:  


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