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Annual State Conference

Call for Presenters

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline for submitting and selecting presentations?

We will accept presentation proposals until Sunday, July 28th.  Accepted presenters will be notified in early to mid-September.


Who can submit a proposal?

Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal. Submissions are open to the public, regardless of membership status or previous roles within the community. In particular, individuals and organizations that have not presented previously at a MnAEYC-MnSACA event and those from underrepresented communities and perspectives are encouraged to participate.


Who attends the MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference?

The MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference is unique in the country. We bring together professionals in both the fields of early childhood and afterschool. We see value in creating space for professionals from two different fields, but serving the same children, to come together to ensure a continuum of care and education that benefits the children and families we serve.

  • Early childhood participants are those working primarily in child care centers, Head Start, and school district early learning programs.
  •  Afterschool participants are those working primarily in before/afterschool and summer programs in school districts.


Besides the bragging rights of presenting at the Minnesota’s largest gathering of early childhood and school-age professionals – why should I apply to present or facilitate?


Benefits of presenting at the MnAEYC-MnSACA Conference include:

  • The choice between an honorarium or complimentary conference registration for the day you present.
  • Opportunity to present at a statewide event with nearly 1,000 attendees.
  • Enhance your credibility and stature in the field.
  • Contribute to your community’s expertise by presenting cutting-edge best practices and education.
  • Challenge yourself in a new way.

Where can I find additional information on the knowledge and competencies?

What do the "intended audience experience levels" mean?

  New to the Field:

  • Participants possess the knowledge and skills expected of someone with limited experience in the field.

   Intermediate in the Field:

  • Participants are practitioners who can apply knowledge and information

   Experienced in the Field:

  • Participants are seasoned practitioners who can apply knowledge and information in increasingly nuanced ways.

What is a Workshop Session?

Workshop sessions are the traditional 90-minute session and can be offered in a variety of formats from traditional classroom lecture to hands-on activity.


What is a Table Talk?

Table Talks are an option to facilitate a round table discussion on a topic or issue of importance to you and others in the field. Facilitators will help guide discussion and encourage the sharing of new ideas around a chosen topic. They should also be able to answer questions regarding the topic of discussion. This is meant to be an informal conversation. Prepared PowerPoints are not expected, nor recommended.

What is a Poster Session?

Poster sessions are a unique opportunity to share with a wide range of professional colleagues. Poster sessions may cover an array of topics such as, but not limited to, highlighting unique projects in your programs or research in a particular area of study. Poster session presenters will create high-quality visual material and will be expected to discuss their poster session with other conference attendees. 

Poster proposals submitted by vendors will not be considered. 

Poster Session Tips

  • This is a visual presentation. It should be creative and visually appealing as well as informative and readable from several feet away. 
  • Titles should be simple, to the point, and catchy.
  • Your display should be easy to follow in a logical manner. Avoid clutter.
  • All material should be visible from about 4 feet.
  • Handouts are strongly encouraged but are not required.

How is the room set up?

Room set-up options are based on availability and scheduling. MnAEYC-MnSACA cannot guarantee that all set-up preferences will be met. Please Note: Presenters should not rely on their stated preference unless they receive explicit confirmation of room set-up from MnAEYC-MnSACA.


Can I attend the rest of the conference?

Presenters are not required to register for the conference if they do not plan on participating beyond their scheduled presentation. If a presenter wishes to attend other sessions at the conference, participate in the keynote session(s), and enjoy the food, they must register as an attendee and either choose the complimentary registration or if choosing the honorarium, pay the applicable registration fee. Presenters will receive complimentary registration for the day they are presenting only.

Submit a proposal today! 

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