Call for Proposals Is Now Closed

Proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference in San Diego are no longer being accepted. Decisions will be announced no later than May 15, 2017.

ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference is the premier destination for early childhood professionals from all disciplines to explore the most up-to-date research, best practices, and policy developments available.

We are now accepting proposals for presentations relevant to professionals working with children under 5 years old (including the prenatal period) and their families.

Submissions in English or Spanish will be considered for 1.5-Hour Field Presentations, 1.5-Hour Clinical Case Discussions, and Poster Presentations, particularly related to work in the following systems:

  • Early Intervention
  • Child Development and Health
  • Program Design/Leadership
  • Training/Professional Development
  • Clinical Practice
  • Policy/Advocacy
  • Research

The Annual Conference Audience

Last year’s audience included early childhood educators, mental health practitioners, early intervention providers as well as trainers, program administrators, and supervisors from across the early childhood fields. Forty-eight percent (48%) of conference attendees have been in the field for more than 10 years and hold a Master’s or Doctoral degree; Twenty-five percent (25%) are mid-career professionals with 6 – 10 years of experience and a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree; and thirty-eight (38%) are early-career professionals with less than 5 years of experience and often a Bachelor’s degree.

Content of proposals should appeal to any one or all of these groups, but some priority will be given to content designed for an advanced learner.

You will be asked to identify the audience level of the presentation when completing the application.

Topics of Particular Interest Include emerging research and innovative practice in

  • Attachment
  • Autism
  • Brain Development
  • Cultural Competence/Equity Issues
  • Developmental Services
  • Early Intervention
  • Early Learning
  • Early Literacy
  • Fatherhood Involvement
  • Gender
  • Language Development
    (including Dual-Language Development)
  • Leadership
  • Maternal Depression
  • Military Families
  • Nutrition
  • Parent Engagement
  • Poverty
  • Reflective Approaches to Practice
  • Regulation
  • Relationship-Based Practice
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Screen Use
  • Sensory Processing
  • Sleep
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Supervision
  • Therapeutic Group Care
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Tribal Families and Communities
  • Workforce Development

Sessions in Spanish

For the fourth year in a row we will be presenting sessions in Spanish that respond to our audience interests. We are seeking Spanish-speaking professionals to submit proposals for presentation that address the following topics: reflective supervision, home visiting, perinatal and maternal health, impact of domestic violence in early childhood, gifts and pressures of bilingualism, and supporting families who are facing immigration challenges.

Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish. If the proposal is accepted, you will be required to provide the Spanish translation to be posted on the registration webpage and in the program. You will be asked: “Can you present this session in Spanish?” during the submission process.