NMAEYC Annual Conference

Join us for the largest Early Childhood Education Conference in New Mexico!

Welcome to the NMAEYC Conference page. On this page you can find information on our past and present professional development conferences.


For any questions on Purchase Orders and to receive quotes, please email Marie Gonzales at marie@nmaeyc.org If you have questions about registration please email Michelle Garcia at michelle@nmaeyc.org. For all other questions please reach out to Alicia Borrego at alicia@nmaeyc.org.

Join us in Las Vegas, NM on October 19, 2024

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Breakfast will open at 7:45 am and welcome messages will begin at 8:15 am followed by the keynote. Sessions are still being added. You may purchase your tickets now to reserve your spot. Once the agenda is complete our coordinator, Michelle, will reach out to you to select your session choices. Lunch will be provided with your ticket purchase. 

If you would like to exhibit and/or sponsor Para los Ninos, please reach out to michelle@nmaeyc.org to find out how.

Para los Ninos Agenda

7:45 am: Check-in and Badge Pick-up; Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:15 am – 9:45 am: Welcome messages, keynote, performance

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Five concurrent morning sessions

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch break

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Five concurrent afternoon sessions

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Raffle

Session Titles and Descriptions

Title: The Importance of Advocating for Public Policy with Brady Steele and Jessa Cowdrey

Description: This seminar will be a collaboration between Brady, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) and Jessa, St. Joseph’s Children on the importance of advocacy. Brady and Jessa will train educators on how to use their voice as advocates, what advocacy around early education looks like, and how we can build community to make greater change. Participants will also go through a personal testimony workshop to build and create their story. The presenters will finally give concrete ways for folks to get involved in the work going on around public policy.


Title: Immersed in Helping: Engaging Children with our Endangered Species with Anthony Jackson

Description: We can empower New Mexico’s young children by instilling in them a love for our endangered species!  In this session we will explore how any early childhood classroom can come to life and involve young children with helping imperiled plants and animals in their school’s own backyard.  Come see the science behind why children thrive when carefully guided to slow down and notice the world around them.  We will investigate many innovative hands-on opportunities for connecting children with our disappearing nature, while looking at how children will benefit academically, social-emotionally, and physically along the way.  


Title: Unplugged Coding for Young Learners by Explora with Amanda Smith and Brandon Barney

Description: Join Explora Educators for a workshop with ready-to implement pattern recognition and early algorithmic thinking activities which require no tech at all and build the early skills for coding.


Title: Bridging the Gap between Letters & Sounds for Young Children with Diverse Abilities with Dr. Angela Redondo, Dr. Dawn Berry, and Shelly Harrelson

Description: In this session, participants will engage in evidence based explicit instruction around letters and sounds to support young children with diverse abilities.  Participants will explore hands-on activities that will provide them the tools to help children with diverse abilities succeed in their literacy development.


Title: Cultural Humility and Linguistic Responsiveness in the Classroom with Dr. Lowsayatee, Belinda Tsabetsaye, Yvette Spencer, Seratha Largie, and Kelly D-Hunter

Description: Culturally responsive teaching and linguistic responsiveness are critical elements in the education of young children. The development of standards and curriculum emphasizing language and culture are essential to restoring identity, language development, social emotional wellness, and academic success for children. This presentation will demonstrate how educators can address culturally responsive teaching and linguistic development through standards and curriculum development emphasizing tribal languages and ancestral knowledge. 

NMAEYC has made an arrangment with the Holiday Inn Express in Las Vegas, NM. To book your room please call the front desk and let them know you would like to book under the room block made by Alicia Borrego.

Holiday Inn Express Las Vegas, NM

816 South Grand Avenue
Las Vegas, NM  United States  87701

Room block name: Alicia Borrego

NMAEYC 2024 Annual Conference


Engaging the Future

 Thank you to everyone who joined us at the NMAEYC 2024 Annual Conference.

NMAEYC 2024 was held at the UNM SUB and UNM College of Eucation and Human Sciences (COEHS) on April 5-6, 2024. We hosted just over 1100 people and 58 exhibitors. The NMAEYC annual conference continues to grow. Although there are growing pains, we’re excited to continue to bring you new Mexico’s largest early childhood education professional development conference each year.


Thank you to the 2024 keynote speaker, Cindy Nava, for your amazing keynote speech and for supporting NM ECE.  

Thank you to our sponsors and advertisers!

Discount School Supply


Lakeshore Learning

Molina Healthcare

Kendra Scott


Lobo Language Acquisition Lab

New Mexico Department of Health

Breathe for Change

Sandia Sunrise Therapy



Teaching Strategies

Mr. Anthony Jackson

CNM Inequity, Inc.

Early Childhood Networks

La Esperanza Child Development Center


Blue Halo

MindWorks Resources

NM Child Care & Education Association

Fuel Training Consultants



Visual Impressions/InaBInd of New Mexico

The Brindle Foundation


Riverside Insights

American College of Education

Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation

Peppermint Stick Preschool

NMAEYC Annual & Regional Conferences – Past Conferences

Todos Unidos: Professional Learning Institute

Our first southern New Mexico regional conference was a huge success. We welcomed over 200 people at NMSU’s Health and Social Services building for a day of learning and excitement. We would like to extend our gratitude to those who made the day possible: NMSU’s School of Social Work & Dr. Stacy Gherardi; NMSU’s HEST & Dean Yoshi Iwasaki; Lt. Governor Howie Morales; Las Cruces Mayor Kenneth Miyagishima; Dr. Loui Reyes, and Ballet Folklórico Corazón de Las Cruces.

NMAEYC 2023 Annual Conference: The Power of Play in Our Everyday

NMAEYC 2023 was a smashing success!  We had over 1050 attendees – our largest conference in recent history; over 55 exhibitors and sponsors, and more than  75 concurrent sessions. We’re amazed with how much our annual conference grows each year, and can’t wait to do it again in 2024!

Don’t forget to check out our upcoming Southern NM Professional Learning Institute, which will be happening October 20-21, 2023 in Las Cruces. We look forward to seeing you soon and at next year’s conference.


Thank you to this year’s keynote speaker, Sean Buchanan. We’ve received nothing but positive feedback about his keynote address.

Below you will find presentations from NMAEYC’s 2023 Annual Conference.

NMAEYC 2022 was a fantastic success!  We hosted over 800 attendees, nearly 50 exhibitors and sponsors, and over 70 engaging sessions at UNM’s Student Union Building in the heart of the campus.

Come back and see us next year as we continue to grow this wonderful event.

2022 Keynote Speaker:

Dr. John W. Hodge

Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

Watch his moving keynote speech here!


NMAEYC 2022 Conference Presenation Videos

Refresh your memory with videos of presentations from our 2022 conference.


2021 Virtual Conference Keynote Speech

PBS Dinosaur Train host and California Academy of Sciences director Scott Sampson gives a wonderful talk about how to get our kids out into nature.

The video begins with opening remarks by Albuquerque First Lady Elizabeth Keller and then followed by some remarks by Executive Director Alicia Borrego and Board President Kathy DeSoto-Strickland.

2020 Conference Keynote Speech

Author and illustrator Suzanne Kaufman talks about her story and the importance of inclusivity.


Conference Highlights from Previous Years

Watch one of these videos to see what in-person NMAEYC conferences have been like!

NMAEYC is now a virtual organization!

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