What you can see at a NAEYC conference

If you haven’t been to a NAEYC conference before, then here are a few photos I took of my trip to the California National Association for the Education of Young Children conference so you can see a little bit about what it is like…

For me, one of the best parts of the conference is the exhibition hall…

There are all kinds of exhibitors that come from publishers and authors, musicians, and those selling toys, furniture, and art supplies. As I walk around, I put together quite the wish list of all the things I would love to have…

At many of the booths, you can make things or pick up free little samples like bags, pens, key-chains, high-lighters, and even art supplies! In years past, I used to load up on all of these goodies but this year I decided to keep it light so I didn’t have to carry around so many things 🙂

And then there are all the cute little groups that come in and supply some entertainment throughout each day on the Celebration stage…

Another highlight is all the people you get to meet or hook up with! I have been to quite a few of these annual conferences and each year, I like to make sure I “Say Hello” to some of my favorite singers like…

Greg and Steve

Charlotte Diamond

(by the way, if you click on each photo it will take you to their website!)

Mr. Scott the Music Man

Red Grammer

Heidi from Heidi Songs

Here they are putting on a little spur of the moment concert in the exhibition hall…

And then there are authors you can meet too like my sweet friends…

Karen Nemeth


Debbie Clement

And when I am really lucky, I get invited to join a few author/friends for drinks and a chance to try and “solve the world problems” 🙂

Deborah J. Stewart, Karen Nemeth, Beth Alley Wise, and Judi Coffey

Of course, one of the main reasons for coming to any conference is so you can learn new ideas about early childhood education…

There is a session for just about every topic you can think of from teaching toddlers, developing strategies for positive discipline, fun science for preschoolers, messy art for preschoolers, simple songs for preschoolers…

…to how to become a published author and how to evaluate your preschool staff!  There are far more topics then that but the range of topics and the number of presenters will certainly keep you hopping from session to session to get it all in…

Next year the NAEYC conference will be in Orlando Florida and I plan to be there. And if all goes well, I plan to present again! So mark your calendar and hopefully, I will get to see you there too!

By |2017-03-28T23:33:32+00:00November 8th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Sheila Dreyfuss November 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah,
    I really enjoyed your entertaining presentation. I’m looking forward to singing the songs with my preschool class.

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Sheila,
      How fun to hear from you! I am glad you enjoyed the presentation:) I had so much fun with you all.. It is always even more fun when you have a great group of teachers to sing and laugh with!

  2. welcome to our wonderland November 9, 2010 at 7:33 am - Reply

    I use to love going to those conferences!
    some one that was presenting a art seminar asked to use some of the projects from my blog at the conference I was so honored 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      That is awesome!! Go bloggers!!

  3. Robyn Fischer November 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Hey…glad you had a good time. How was your presentation? Will there be a webinar of it available in the future for those of us who could not attend?

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Robyn,
      The presentation was terrific – I had a really good time and great experience. I didn’t get any photos and so there will be no webinar 🙂 You are just going to have to go to Florida with me next year and see it for yourself or even participate with me!!

  4. Ayn Colsh November 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Yay!!! I’m so glad you had a good time and your presentation went well. As for Florida next year, DOUBLE YAY!!!! I’m definitely planning to go and can’t wait to see you there!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      I am excited to Ayn – we will finally get to hook up!

  5. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog November 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    This looks like so much fun — what a great experience! I’m hoping I can meet you at next year’s conference!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Oh, that would be so awesome! If you come then we will make that a FOR SURE thing!!

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