GAYC’s Together for Children Conference & Expo,  brings together more than 3,000 early childhood professionals from around the state for three days of professional development, lear
ning, and networking.

Attendee Registration Is Now Open!

Registration is now only a click away with our new Attendee Online Registration Form.  Before registering please review the Full Class Schedule and Session Descriptions.  Reserve your sessions today, spots will fill up fast!

  • Pre-register for classes for easy session scheduling
  • Seamlessly select add-ons including pre-order lunches & Award Banquet tickets
  • Mobile-friendly format makes online registration accessible from any device!

View the full preliminary program here for full conference schedule, key speakers, events and more!

Don’t miss out on our early bird registration rates.  For group discounts and registration, please contact Kerry Liebling at (copy & paste email address) or call 404-222-0014.


Dates and Location

The 2014 conference will take place on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA. Pre-conference sessions will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014.  Mark your calendars and share the Save the Date Flyer with others!

Volunteer Opportunities

The Georgia Association on Young Children is looking for VOLUNTEERS to help prepare for the 2014 “Together for Children” Conference & Expo. Volunteer opportunities are available starting mid-August thru September 27, 2014. The 3 volunteer options are:

GAYC Office Volunteer

Work at the GAYC OFFICE, 368 MORELAND AVE NE. Atlanta, GA 30307. Volunteers will assist with conference planning in exchange for free conference registration.

- If you volunteer for 8 hours, you will get one day registration for free

- If you volunteer for 16 hours, you will get two days registration for free

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING at the GAYC Office prior to the conference please apply using our Online Application Form (click here).

Early Bird Registration Volunteer

IF YOU ARE AN EARLY BIRD AND CAN VOLUNTEER onsite at the Conference AND BE THERE AT 6:00AM to help with registration you can then attend the afternoon of the conference for free. Complete the Online Application Form (click here) to apply.

GAYC Conference Student Host/Hostess Volunteer

Are you enrolled in an Early Childhood Education program at a public or private college in Georgia? Come and volunteer as a student host(ess) at the GAYC CONFERENCE, September 26 & 27, 2014 at the Gwinnett Center. If you are a student you can volunteer one day and attend the other day for free or volunteer for one-half day and attend the other half-day for free!!

IF YOU ARE A STUDENT INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING at the Conference, please apply using this Online Application Form (click here)

Apply for a Conference Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are available each year to cover registration costs for eligible parents, administrators, teachers, and family child care providers to attend the GAYC conference. Scholarship applications for the 2014 conference are now open. 

How To Apply: Scholarship applications must be received via our online registration form by September 5, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be selected and a notification will be sent by September 9, 2014. 

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible applicants should earn less than $14.45 per hour or less than $30,056 per year including overtime. Please note only 2 applications will be accepted per center/program.   


Hotel Accomodations

At each hotel, when making your reservations, you will need to identify yourself as part of the Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) Conference to obtain the rate listed. Reserve before August 25, 2014 to receive the reduced rate. All of the following hotels are located off I-85. The Gwinnett Center is Exit 108 (I-85N) or Exit 109 (I-85S).

Hampton Inn  (N-Exit 108, S-Exit 109)   Call 678-407-0018    $91+tax for King or 2 Doubles6010 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043                                 Breakfast, WiFi,shuttle
Hilton Garden (N-Exit 108, S-Exit 109)  Call 770-495-7600     $99+tax for King or 2 Doubles2040 Sugarloaf Circle, Duluth, GA 30097    custom reservation link  Includes WiFi & shuttle
Holiday Inn (N-Exit 108, S- Exit 109)     Call 770–476-2022    $89+tax for King or 2 Doubles6310 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097 custom reservation link    Free WiFi & shuttle
Homewood Suites-Hilton Lawrenceville Call 770-277-1243      $89+tax for Studio Suites1775 N. Brown Rd, Lawrenceville,GA 30043 custom reservation link   Breakfast, WiFi, shuttle
LaQuinta Inns (N-Exit 105, S-Exit 107)   Call 678-957-0500       $64+tax for 2 Doubles2370 Stephens Center Drive, Duluth, GA 30096                              Includes WiFi & breakfast
Residence Inn  (Gwinnett Sugarloaf)      Call 770-814-2929      $106+tax for Studio Suites1940 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30097                                            Breakfast, Wi-Fi & shuttle

Reserve your conference exhibit space!

Exhibitors will have booth space in the Exhibit Hall, where we also hold a silent auction, college fair, vendor demos, lunch & general concessions, and have the the opportunity to gain insight into the needs of your target markets.  If you would like to exhibit or advertise, online and fill-in pdf applications are now available on the Exhibitors page.

Submit a conference session proposal

The 2014 GAYC Call for Proposals is now closed.  If you would like to present during our Student Demos, Research Symposium, or Learning Galleria visit the Presenters page.