We are excited to announce that the decision has been made to go ahead with our annual conference this year on October 14-17 even if some social distancing restrictions may still be in place. We had a great time at our 2019 conference and hope that we can continue that this year!

59th Annual AECA Conference

October 14-17, 2020
Pre-conference sessions begin on Wednesday 14th.
In-person registration opens 7.30am on Thursday 15th, general sessions begin at 9am and run through Saturday 17th finishing at 3pm.


Wyndham Riverfront Hotel
2 Riverfront Place
North Little Rock , AR


Parking is on-site and FREE


Accommodations will be available again at the Wyndham Riverfront at a special rate of $99.00 plus tax.  We will post a link to reserve rooms as soon as the Wyndham notifies us the block is open.



$95 for AECA Members, $125 for non-members. One-day registrations will also be available.

This is a great time to join AECA! If you are a current member, please make sure your membership is up to date so you can receive the member rate when registering online. You can login to our membership site here.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference sessions and a Trainer Institute will be offered on Wednesday, October 14. Regular sessions and a Leadership Track will begin on Thursday, October 15.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers are currently being scheduled and we will announce them as soon as we receive confirmation.


Director’s Luncheon

Director’s Luncheon will be offered again free of charge to directors.  We have added additional space this year to allow more directors to attend.


AECA is now accepting proposals for presentations at its 2020 Conference on October 14-17, 2020. Please visit this link for proposal instructions and outline form (PDF). The early bird deadline for proposals is Monday, June 8, 2020 at 5 p.m.  We will offer a 50% discount on registration to lead presenters whose proposal is received by June 8 and accepted.

Vendor information will be available soon. Please use the email address below for any queries. 


If you have any other conference questions please email our Conference Chair Lindsey Wilkerson or Program Chair Paul Lazenby at conference@arkansasearlychildhood.org


Interested in sponsoring our conference? See below for our sponsorship levels.

Sponsorship Levels

Questions about conference? Get in touch!

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