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Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Summit, taking place October 18 – 20, 2021.  This year’s Summit will once again be virtual, building on the great success that we had in 2020 and respecting the health and safety of everyone involved until we can return to in-person at the Penn Stater in 2022.

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. 
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.
Conference Dates and Location
The Early Childhood Education Summit will be held October 18 – 20, 2021; we will once again be using the Zoom conference platform.  The conference website is
Session Proposals
  • The email 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 email address is not valid, potential presenters will not receive communications or notifications regarding the status of their proposals!
  • Please add [email protected] to your address book to ensure that messages are not diverted to spam.
  • Deadline for submissions:  Friday, April 16, 2021. The online platform closes at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time
  • Considerations for selection:
    • Session contributes to the depth and breadth of sessions being offered;
    • Relevant learning objectives;
    • Connection to the 2021 Summit theme;
    • Best practices for adult learning;
    • Clarity, completeness, and accuracy of proposal. Please review carefully for spelling, grammar, and punctuation before submitting.
When submitting a proposal, please keep the following in mind:
  • Workshops are 90 minutes in length. If your content will take longer than this, you may submit multiple proposals (labelled Part 1, Part 2, etc.)
  • Each Presenter must have his/her own laptop and stable internet connection.
  • We are seeking highly interactive and results oriented proposals. Presenters should not focus on promoting a company, product, or service.
Benefits for Presenters
The following are benefits enjoyed by all individuals who are selected to present a session:
  • Increased visibility and credibility in the early childhood education field
  • The opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and experience with both newcomers and veterans in the industry
  • Exposure as a subject matter expert
  • Build your self-confidence and polish your communication skills
  • One complimentary day for the lead presenter on the day of his/her session
  • Reduced registration fees for the first co-presenter or panelist
Presenter Comp and Cost
  • All presenters (including co-presenters and panelists) 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 his/her workshop for free.
  • Reduced registration fees will be available for lead presenters who attend on additional days.
  • Reduced registration fees will be available for one co-presenter or one panelist per session on the day of their workshop. 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.

  • We encourage you to review the “So You’d Like to Present at Summit” presentation, available on the Presenters page of
  • 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.
  • Be sure to carefully review the information above before submitting your proposal/s.
  • Each individual is limited to no more than three (3) proposals, including the roles of presenter, co-presenter, or panelist. This includes multi-part workshops.
  • Submission of one or more proposals does not guarantee selection for inclusion at the ECE Summit.
  • After reviewing the information, scroll to the bottom of this page, enter your email address, and click on “Submit” to begin entering your proposal. You will receive a confirmation email from [email protected]; please make a note of the EXACT email address you used to submit the 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. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact us immediately at [email protected]

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