Making Connections

For nearly 20 years, the conference has been a popular annual event where early and school-age educators have assembled to develop their skills, network, and grow. To highlight the spirit of development and growth, both in a professional capacity and in terms of optimal child outcomes, we have named the conference Making Connections.

This year's event offers an in-depth look at  issues for the early and school-age child care community. There are many topics to choose from including vision development, food allergies, communications, music, CLASS, nutrition and much more.

***NEW: Bring your insurance card if you wish to receive a flu shot. Shots will be available in the exhibitor area.***

Sponsors are invited to apply for exhibitor space. The interactive exhibitor area aims to create a community of connections to resources, businesses, and information important to early and school-age educators.

Conference details:

Date/time: Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day), 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211


  • Early registration: $110 ($115 non-member)
  • Late registration: $120 ($125 non-member)

Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please visit You may also contact EIP at or 800-295-9616.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Conference information has been submitted to and approved by the Professional Development Program (PDI) so that participants who wish to apply for an Educational Incentive Program Scholarship may do so.