NevAEYC State Conference

 2018 NevAEYC Conference
Save the Date 2018 SH Theme

Conference: Annual Early Childhood Education Conference 2018: Guardians of the Future: Powering Up Our Profession

Location: Nugget Casino Sparks Nevada
Date: April 12-14, 2018

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Thursday: 8:00am-4:30pm (7:00am Breakfast and Registration)
Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Pre-Conference Session

  • Executive Functioning and Self-regulation in Young Children with Disabilities with Ida Florez Despite the critical role executive functioning plays in positive social and educational outcomes, these skills must be developed and supported through positive relationships and environments as children are not born with these skills. This presentation will examine the neurological processes that support executive functioning and self-regulation and how providers can support the development of these skills.  Participants will leave with strategies to support children in developing executive functioning and self-regulation skills across environments and activities including how self-regulation supports school readiness and social relationships.
  • Inclusion Panel Inclusion is a core value and belief of the early childhood community supported both by research and professional values.  This panel discussion will bring together a variety of providers from multiple systems in Nevada to discuss current strengths, barriers, and future plans related to inclusion in Nevada/s early childhood communities. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their attitudes towards inclusion and walk away with potential supports to improve their practice or programs policies.
  • Positive Behavior Supports in Inclusive Environments with Glen Dunlap Positive Behavior Supports is a research based, tired system to support positive behaviors and decrease problem behaviors of young children. It is both inclusive and individualized making implementation culturally responsive and family driven. Participants will become familiar with Positive Behavior Supports and will learn a variety of strategies that are responsive to the individual child and family across a variety of environments to support positive behavior for young children with disabilities.

Fireside Chat with Junlei Li, Ph.D. 6:00pm-7:30pm

What Would Fred Rogers Do?

  • Fifty years after the debut of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, we still talk and think about Fred’s work. For educators and families, what are the lessons that are just as important and relevant in 1968 as it is in 2018? This is an open-ended discussion and Q&A about the key tenets of Fred Rogers’ work and its implications for early childhood today. Themes include social/emotional development, technology use, and human connection.

Friday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
7:00am-8:00am Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibitors

8:00am-9:30am: Keynote Speaker: Junlei Li, Ph.D.

  • Appreciating the Deep and Simple in Early Childhood Education
    What is deep and simple in the work of early childhood? From orphanages to impoverished neighborhoods, we can discover caregivers’ intuitive yet powerful human interactions. By capturing and learning from what ordinary people do extraordinarily well in simple, everyday moments, we can grow communities of practice, nurture intuition into intention, and plant the seeds for sustainable systems change.

9:45am-11:45am: Breakout Sessions – See Details Below
11:45-12:45: Lunch
1:00-5:30: Breakout Sessions – See Details Below

Friday: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Networking Event (Included in Full Conference Price Only)

Come enjoy a relaxing networking event with your fellow ECE colleagues. Light refreshments will provided and chances to win free raffle prizes!

Saturday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
7:00am-8:00am Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibitors

8:00am-9:30am: Keynote Speaker: Helen Blank

  • The Profession Takes a Stand – YOU have the power!
    Early childhood professions play a key role in the development of young children. In order to increase quality and effectiveness in these roles, early childhood professions need and deserve support such as professional development, a competitive salary, and educational materials. But how do we get those resources that we deserve? By speaking up! In this session, Helen Blank will help you unleash your power by understanding exploring some of the challenges in the field and arming you with the resources you need to stand up together to improve outcomes for the profession, children, and families in Nevada.

9:45am-11:45am: Breakout Sessions – See Details Below
11:45-12:45: Lunch
1:00-5:30: Breakout Sessions – See Details Below

2018 Conference Breakout Tracks and Session Descriptions


DEC Price:

  • NevAEYC Member: $150
  • Non-member: $190
    Note: DEC is not included in the Full Conference Price. It is separate.

NevAEYC Member Conference Prices:

  • Early Bird – On or Before March 14th: Full Conference $175; One Day Only $100
  • Registration After March 14th: Full Conference $250; One Day Only $125

Non-Member Conference Prices:

  • Early Bird – On or Before March 14th: Full Conference $250; One Day Only $150
  • Registration After March 14th: Full Conference $325; One Day Only $200

Presenter Fees:

  • Full Conference $150; One Day Only $75

Full Time Student Rate:

  • Member Full Conference $120 One Day Only $60
  • Non-Member Full Conference $150 One Day Only $75

NevAEYC now offers a student rate for those who are/were enrolled full time (min 9 credits) during the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 semesters. To qualify for this rate, send an email to Sarah V. Navarro at with a copy proof of enrollment and she will work with you to get registered. Please note this rate is not available through online registration.


Nevada Registry Credits:  We are planning for up to 24 credits to be available for attendance all three days!

Department of Education Credits: We are planning for up to 1.5 credits to be available for attendance all three days (.5 Thursday, .5 Friday, and .5 Saturday).


You are now able to book your rooms to attend the conference! Coming in early or staying for a few extra days? The rooms rates were extended to help accommodate a variety of travel needs.

Please use the link below to book your hotel room at The Nugget. Rates are as follows:

April 8-April 12:  59.00 per night

April 13-April 14:   99.00 per night

April 15-April 18:   59.00 per night


Exhibitor and Sponsorship Packet  

NevAEYC Vendor and Sponsor Opportunities 2018

Exhibitors can set up after 3pm on Thursday. Exhibit times are Friday 7:00am-6:30pm and Saturday 7:00am-5:30pm.

All forms and vendor/sponsorship fees are due no later than April 1, 2018.