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Jumpstart's Read for the Record® Campaign
October 22, 2015

Jumpstart's premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by mobilizing millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. People across the country will unite on October 22 to read the children's book Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friends in an unexpected place, in support of Jumpstart's mission to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. For more information or how to participate in Read for the Record, visit

Lights On Afterschool
October 22, 2015

Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways that afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do, and poetry. The events send a powerful message that millions of kids need quality afterschool programs. For more information or how to participate in Lights On Afterschool, visit

Parents as Teachers Conference
November 9-11, 2015
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, TX

The Parents as Teachers Conference is focused on supporting the professional development of home visitors through stellar keynote sessions, interactive workshops and networking which are all valuable resources attendees can utilize in their work and community. For more information, visit

National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference and Expo (NAEYC)
November 18-21, 2015
Orlando, FL

The NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo is the largest gathering of thought leaders, classroom teachers and faculty, administrators, researchers, and other critically important practitioners and contributors in early childhood education. Targeted for newcomers in the field as well as experienced professionals, the conference is a great opportunity to help advance the shared work on behalf of children during their most critical period of development and learning! Visit to learn more.

30th Annual Zero to Three National Training Institute (NTI)
December 2-4, 2015
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA

This training is carefully developed to meet the learning and networking needs of those working with infants and toddlers in a variety of settings. Informative and enriching general sessions, breakout sessions, interactive Pre-Institutes, and issue intensives and other continuing education experiences are included. For more information, visit

2016 Florida Legislative Session Convenes
January 12, 2016
Tallahassee, FL

Children's Week
January 24-29
Tallahassee, FL

Children's Week is still the only true broad-based promotion of children's and family issues in Florida, offering hundreds of community events and activities statewide. The event brings thousands of parents, children, elected officials, professionals, community leaders and concerned citizens together to share valuable knowledge and information about children's issues across the state and culminating at the State Capitol. A true grassroots event since its inception, Children's Week is now supported by more than 100 different corporate, non-profit, philanthropic, and faith-based organizations. Visit for more information.

Celebrate Literacy Week
January 25-29, 2016

The Just Read, Florida! Office and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), in partnership with other FDOE offices, school districts, state organizations and agencies, are planning the eighth annual statewide Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! The goal of this year's Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is to promote literacy throughout the state by raising awareness in communities and with students. Just Read Florida! has partnered with Florida's First Lady Ann Scott on this important initiative for the sixth consecutive year. First Lady Scott will engage in fun and exciting reading experiences with select schools and classrooms across the state. Visit for more information.

Beyond School Hours XIX: National Education Conference
March 9-12, 2016
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, TX
This conference provides vital professional development opportunities for educators and leaders working with students of all ages and includes hands-on workshops and pre-conferences led by national experts, motivating keynote presentations and panel discussions, fascinating educational excursions, and exhibits unveiling the latest and greatest products and solutions. For more information, visit

Child Care Aware Symposium: Celebrating Milestones, Collaborating for Results!
April 4-6, 2016
Washington, D.C.

This symposium brings together child care providers, CCR&Rs, and leaders from government agencies and the White House to address many issues including Early Head Start and Child Care Partnerships, implementation of CCDBG, CCAoA's strategic planning, and cultural competency in family engagement. For more information, visit

T.E.A.C.H. /WAGE$ National Annual Symposium
April 26-27, 2016
Chapel Hill, NC

This symposium provides an opportunity for staff of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Projects from across the country to gather for two days of training and technical assistance on topics of importance to the day-to-day operations of T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ as well as broader issues relevant to both projects in particular and the professional preparation of the early childhood workforce in general. For more information, visit

NAEYC Professional Development Institute
June 5-8, 2016
Baltimore, MD

At this institute, attendees will gain new skills and knowledge with more than 200 presentations, get inspired and meet with colleagues while exploring the Exhibit Hall and NAEYC Shop, network, learn from hundreds of early childhood educators and leaders from around the country- and the world,- and hear from early childhood researchers, authors, experts, and other thought leaders sharing the newest ideas and research. Visit for more information.

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