SAVE THE DATE! The Roundtable will be hosted Wednesday-Friday, May 29-31, 2019  in Long Beach, California

The 2019 Roundtable is collaboratively planned by NAECS-SDE, CEELO and CCSSO’s ECE-SCASS, with national technical assistance partners to build capacity of state agency early childhood specialists to provide informed leadership about research-based practices that directly impact the development and learning of children, birth through grade three. The meeting provides participants with cutting edge research and innovative proven practices to enhance state policies and programs.

Check back frequently for information on the meeting as it takes shape.

ThemeTravel AgendaSpeakersPre-Conference WebinarsPreliminary Readings

Equity First: Strengthening an Equity Agenda for State Early Childhood Education Policy

PURPOSE: Build the capacity of participants to impact equity in early childhood education to address disparities, close achievement gaps and create positive child outcomes among learners Birth to 3rd Grade. As a result of the meeting, participants will develop a plan to take back to their state that identifies useful resources, good ideas, and new colleagues to support continued efforts to ensure equity for all young children.


  • Increase understanding and develop a shared language of how inequity impacts children and families.
  • Increase knowledge of tools and strategies that state early childhood specialists can use to ensure more equitable services at the local level.
  • Increase knowledge of the research on policy and practice that impacts equitable access to high quality early childhood education.

Four critical questions will be addressed during the meeting:

  • How can state early childhood education (ECE) policy build on the strengths of families and communities to ensure equity for all?
  • How can state early childhood education (ECE) policy effectively use data to Identify disparities and set priorities for funding and policy?
  • How can state early childhood education (ECE) policy build a coherent system from birth through third grade to ensure no child falls through the cracks?
  • How can state early childhood education (ECE) policy ensure that teaching and learning encompasses the full range of development- social emotional, health, and academics?

Download a pdf copy of the 2019 Roundtable Travel Agenda .

PRE-CONFERENCE DAY: Wednesday – May 29, 2019
8:30-3:00 CEELO Leadership Academy Fellows meeting (all fellows invited)
2:00-5:00 NAECS-SDE New Members Orientation and Committee Meetings
5:30-7:30 Welcome Reception


CONFERENCE DAY ONE: Thursday  – May 30, 2019
7:00-8:45 NAECS-SDE Business Meeting – Breakfast and Networking
8:45-9:15 Welcome and set up for the day – Hello from Sponsors and Invited Guests
9:15-10:15 Plenary – The Imperative to Set an Equity Agenda for Early Childhood Education (tentative title)
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Breakout Sessions on the 4 Critical Questions
12:00 -1:30 Lunch – Networking with Discussion Prompts
1:30-2:45 State Panel – Innovation and Opportunity in a State Equity Agenda for Early Childhood Education
2:45-3:15 Break
3:15-4:45 Breakout Sessions on the 4 Critical Questions
4:45-5:00 Break
5:00-5:30 Full Group Reflections and Adjournment
6:30 Light Award Reception and Dinner


CONFERENCE DAY TWO: Friday  – May 31, 2019
7:00-8:00 Breakfast and Networking
8:00-8:30 Welcome Back – Reflections on Day 1
8:30-9:45 Plenary – National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) – Research to Inform an Equity Agenda for Early Childhood Education
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:30 Breakout Sessions on the 4 Critical Questions
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-1:00 Lunch and Networking
1:00-1:15 Break
1:15-3:00 Breakout Sessions on the 4 Critical Questions
3:15-4:30 Capstone Plenary – Opportunities to Promote and Equity Agenda in Early Childhood Education

·      Speakers TBD

·      State Respondents – Reflect on Their Goals and Opportunities

4:30-5:00 Full Group Reflections and Action Commitments
5:00 Adjourn


These webinars are planned in advance of the 2019 Roundtable Meeting and designed to deliver expert content before the meeting to participants. As the date approaches, additional information on the panel presenters and recommended readings will be sent to webinar registrants on this topics. Anyone interested is welcome to register for these webinars.

The following resources are recommended readings prior to arrival.

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