Since 2008, the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Summit has brought together over 1,000 early childhood professionals, parents, and community members from across Pennsylvania to this annual three-day event held in State College, PA.  This year we are excited to be able to continue to respond to the needs of the field by offering the Summit as an online, virtual conference! 
Much of the success and continued interest in the Summit is directly attributable to the educators who step up to present in our break-out sessions. It’s only through your dedication and willingness to share your knowledge that we are able to provide the variety and quality of sessions for which the Summit has come to be known. This continues to be of utmost importance as we move to a virtual format for 2020. 

  1. Be sure to click save for each section of your session proposal as you complete it.  If you do not click save within 30 minutes of entering data for each section of the proposal, the session will time out and your information will not be saved.
  2. Be sure to carefully review the information below before submitting your proposal/s.
  3. After reviewing the information, scroll to the bottom of this page, enter your Email address, and click on “Submit” to begin entering your proposal.
  4. New for 2020: Each individual is limited to no more than three (3) proposals, including the roles of presenter, co-presenter, or panelist. 
  5. Submission of one or more proposals does not guarantee selection for inclusion at the ECE Summit.
  6. Deadline for submission:  Friday, June 19, 2020. UPDATE: Deadline has been extended to Friday, July 10!
 When submitting a proposal, please keep the following in mind:
  • Proposals may be Standard (90 minutes, 1 break-out session) or Half day (3 hours, divided between 2 break-out sessions) in length.
  • Each Presenter must have his/her own laptop and stable internet connection.
  • We are seeking highly interactive and results oriented proposals. Presenters should avoid focusing on promoting a company, product, or service.
  • Please make a note of the EXACT email address you use to submit a proposal, and the system-generated 7-digit ID # assigned to you.  You will need this information to log back into the system to update your proposal and register for the conference.

Conference Dates and Location
The Early Childhood Education Summit will be held virtually October 19-21, 2020. The conference website is
Session Proposals
  • The e-mail address you use in proposal submissions must be valid through the end of the conference in October. This is how we communicate with our presenters. If an e-mail address is not valid, potential presenters will not receive communications or notifications regarding the status of their proposals!
  • Deadline for submissions:  Friday, June 19, 2020 - UPDATE: Deadline has been extended to Friday, July 10!
  • Considerations for selection:
    • Session contributes to the depth and breadth of sessions being offered;
    • Relevant learning objectives;
    • Best practices for adult learning;
    • Understanding of challenges and opportunities presented by online learning;
    • Clarity, completeness, and accuracy of proposal. Please review carefully for spelling, grammar, and punctuation before submitting.
 Presenter Comp and Cost
  • All presenters (including co-presenters) must register for the conference.
  • One lead presenter should be identified for each session. A lead presenter may attend all Summit events the day of their session for free.
  • Reduced registration fees will be available for lead presenters who attend on additional days.
  • Reduced registration fess will be available for one co-presenter per session on the day they co-present.    To attend additional day/s, a special reduced registration fee will be available.
  • Any handouts you may have should be shared electronically with the participants. Please ensure that you have appropriate permissions for the use of any copyrighted materials.
Benefits for Presenters
The following are benefits enjoyed by all individuals who are selected to present a session:
  • Increased visibility and credibility in the industry.
  • The opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and experience with both newcomers and veterans in the industry.
  • Exposure as a subject matter expert.
  • One complimentary day for the lead presenter on the day of his/her session.
  • Reduced registration fees for the first co-presenter

Note that each individual is limited to no more than three (3) proposals, including the roles of presenter, co-presenter, or panelist.

To begin submitting a session proposal, please enter your EMail address and click on the SUBMIT button.