Southern Conference on Children


32nd Annual Southern Conference on Children

Conference Dates: January 25, 2020
Conference Location: Nessmith-Lane Center
Submission Deadline: Priority deadline- TBA
Notice of Decision: TBA
Conference Theme: Issues in Diversity and Behavior Management

This one-day conference allows childcare center directors and personnel, teachers, childcare providers and parents of young children to attend special sessions with information on current childcare trends and other related topics. The theme of this year's conference is “Issues in Diversity and Behavior Management.”

Submit Proposal

1. Click Submit Proposal.
2. Create a Digital Commons Account.
3. Fill in the proposal form and click on Submit.

Proposals are being accepted for the following presentation formats:

  • REGULAR SESSION (Research or practice presented by an individual or small group.)
  • PANEL (This session consists of a small group of individuals presenting differing viewpoints on a topic.)
  • WORKSHOP (This interactive presentation is best suited for demonstration of particular procedures skills or techniques.)
  • ROUNDTABLE (This is a flexible format where small tables of related topics are discussed with a common opening and closing.)
  • POSTER (Visually appealing research is displayed in a poster format and discussed in a more casual format.)

Topic Categories (Choose Appropriate Key Topic Area)

  • STRAND 1: STEM - SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATH (Examples: Cooking up science in the classroom; Children's use of technology; Engineering in the classroom setting; Math literacy, etc.)
  • STRAND 2: NURTURING HEALTHY CHILDREN (Examples: Social-emotional development; Physical development and fitness; Positive guidance; Managing challenging behaviors; Classroom safety; Food allergies; Stress management for children; Identity development; etc.)
  • STRAND 3: INTENTIONAL TEACHING STRATEGIES (Examples: Intentional learning environments; Observation, assessment, portfolios; Meeting standards - GELDS; Faith-based curriculum; Literacy activities for infants and toddlers; Project-based learning; Reggio Emilia approach; Including families in classroom activities, etc.)
  • STRAND 4: INCLUDING ALL CHILDREN (Examples: Inclusive environments; Diversity and anti-bias curriculum; Culturally competent pedagogy; Disabilities and inclusion; Celebrations in the classroom; Early screening and diagnosis; English language learners; etc.)
  • STRAND 5: PLAY & DAP (Examples: Art and play therapy; Understanding play and brain development; Outdoor fun; Messy activities; Music and movement in the infant and toddler room; etc.)
  • STRAND 6: LEADERSHIP & PROFESSIONALISM (Examples: Staff development, Stress management for staff; Advocating for children and staff; Emerging research trends; Reflective practices with children; Ethic and professional development; etc.)
  • STRAND 7: PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (Examples: Engaging families; Marketing programs; Community collaboration and partnership; Financial organization and management; Licensing; Accreditation; Quality Rated; Working with support staff; Time management; Working with interns; etc.)
  • STRAND 8 FAMILY CHILD CARE TRACK (Examples: Environments for multi-aged children; Managing small businesses; Family child care accreditation; etc.)
  • STRAND 9: SCHOOL-AGE TRACK (Examples: Challenging behaviors with school-age children; Literacy and math in after-school programs; Program management in after-school programs; etc.)

After the Southern Conference on Children, please submit your presentation materials by e-mail to and they will post within three business days.

Why Submit Your Presentation? More exposure for your work! Presentations are searchable through Google, and you will receive reports showing how many people have downloaded your presentation. You can also apply a Creative Commons License to your presentation, which controls how people can use your presentation materials.

What can you upload? PowerPoint Slides, papers, handouts, video, audio, and any other documents you used during your presentation.

Need Help? Email for help on submitting proposals and presentations. If you have questions about the conference (ex. registration), please visit the Conference Homepage for further information including contact numbers and emails.

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