50th anniversary logoGAYC’s Together for Children Conference brings together more than 1,200 early childhood professionals from around the state for professional development, learning, and networking. Come help us celebrate 50 years of GAYC!

Conference date

The 2016 conference will be held September 23 – 24, 2016 at Gwinnett Technical College. Same place, more space! All conference participants (pre-registered and registering on-site) should come to the lobby of the Busbee Center, Building 700 to collect your name tag, program, and conference tote bag.


Did you forget to pre-register for the conference? No problem–on-site registration will be available on Friday and Saturday at the Busbee Center, Building 700. The best part: No additional fee for on-site registration this year!

Final Program

The Final Program is here and we are excited to share all of the exciting events happening during the conference.  The program includes session descriptions and a detailed schedule of events.  We hope you are as excited as we are about our 50th Annual Conference–it’s going to be an event to remember!

College Fair and Student Poster Sessions

College Fair – Friday, September 23 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, Building 700 – second floor. Visit with and talk to representatives – Early Childhood Educators, admissions counselors, and more! – from over fifteen (15) colleges about their Early Childhood Education program. Participants will receive information about the schools, financial aid resources, and the DECAL Scholars Program. Take the opportunity to begin the next chapter in your career!

College Student Poster Sessions – Hosted Friday, September 23 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm; Building 700 – second floor. Join up-and-coming professionals as they present some of their best teaching ideas! Student poster sessions offer the opportunity for new and experienced professionals to talk about how to best meet young children’s needs. Topics often include creative arts, play, working with families, children’s literature, music and movement, and diversity.

Check out the list of colleges and students poster sessions that will be at the conference.

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Be a student volunteer

Attending the conference is a bargain for students at Georgia colleges and universities. Register at the reduced student rate to save money, or volunteer as a conference session host/hostess and attend some sessions for free. Volunteers may host sessions, help out in the exhibit hall, or fill in other places as needed. Student volunteer applications are closed for 2016; please plan to volunteer for the 2017 conference.