The National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC) is a biennial event designed to encourage an ongoing exchange of knowledge to improve services for children and their families. Planned and implemented by IMPAQ staff in coordination with staff from the ACF Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), the event consistently draws more than 1,300 academics from a broad array of disciplines together with persons working in leadership positions in government, national organizations, foundations, corporations, and early childhood and family programs. The major goal of the conference is to present the latest research in areas relevant to child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, home visiting, child welfare, special education, pre-kindergarten, early elementary, and other early childhood programs.
For each multi
-day conference, the agenda establishes programming and activities to encourage dialogue between researchers and practitioners. IMPAQ is in the process of coordinating the NRCEC for the third consecutive time, and has continued to cultivate relationships with federal officials, members of the conference program committee and scientific advisory committee, which contributes to the continued success of each event.
We draw on our nearly 30 years of Federal conference planning experience and long-standing relationship with ACF to contribute to the goal of supporting the social and economic well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. In addition to NRCEC, IMPAQ has supported multiple events with a focus on child welfare, including the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect and various events for the Office of Head Start and the Children’s Bureau. Our team includes a project director, meeting planners, graphic designer, and web developer who draw upon their decades of experience providing supporting large events focused on early childhood education.