NMAEYC Annual Conference

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

See You at NMAEYC 2023!

March 31 – April 1, 2023

UNM Student Union Building


Hotel Rates for Conference

Home2Suites: $159 per night – SOLD OUT!

Hotel Parq Central: $175 per night – ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE
Attendees will need to call the hotel directly to book the room under: NMAEYC Conference
Springhill Suites by Marriot:SOLD OUT! $149 per night  call 505-242-1104 and mention NMAEYC. Free parking. No shuttle service, but bus departs from hotel and stops in front of UNM bookstore. Info on ABQ bus routes can be found here.
New Hotel Added!  Marriot Courtyard Albuquerque Airport: $129 per night Click Here to book your room or call 800.321.2211 and reference the NMAEYC 2023 Conference. The Marriot will be providing a shuttle to and from UNM.
* Better rates may be available outside of the ABQ conference area.
Sean Buchanan
Sean Buchanan

Keynote Speaker

Sean Buchanan is an author, international speaker, consultant, and public school superintendent.  He has become a leading expert in forming connections with and motivating educators through leveraging the power of human connection. His student-first philosophies have been presented to, and implemented by, thousands of educators both nationally and internationally. Mr. Buchanan was born and raised in Oklahoma, and has dedicated his life to inspiring educators and driving student achievement.

About the Keynote

Educators today face many challenges. Oftentimes, situations beyond our control such as poor funding or lack of parental support can exasperate us. In fact, many educators today find themselves “at the end of their rope” when it comes to getting students to succeed, especially in the twilight of a global pandemic. What principles can allow an educator to get out of a mode centered around surviving, and into a mode centered around THRIVING? Attend this fast paced and humorous session to find out!

Want to know what to do in Albuquerque when not at conference?

Click here to check out what’s happening in ABQ during your stay. 

NMAEYC 2023 Annual Conference

This Year’s Theme: The Power of Play in Our Everyday

Play in our every day, is part of what makes childhood fun, but it’s also essential and critical work! Playing builds the skills that help kids grow into capable, competent people. Research indicates that play is a young child’s natural language, benefitting their cognitive and social development.  Play is the way in which kids act out their experiences and make connections that help them understand their world. Additionally, play boosts creativity, helps kids develop their interests, helps kids become resilient, provides them with great social benefits, and… is great exercise, and so much more! The 2023 NMAEYC conference will help shed more light on the Power of Play in our Everyday.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 31st

8:00am: Badge Pick up

8:00am: Vendors/Exhibitors open up

10:00am – 12:00pm: 6 concurrent Preconference Workshops

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch on your own

1:15pm- 3:00pm: Preconference sessions resume

6:00-8:00pmReception at Hotel Parq Central Apothecary Lounge *Sponsored by Lakeshore Learning

Saturday, April 1st

7:00am: Badge Pick up

7:00am: Breakfast buffet opens

7:30am – 8:30am: Opening Remarks / Keynote – Grand Ballroom

8:00amVendors/ Exhibits open up                      

8:30am-9:30am: concurrent sessions

9:45am – 10:45am: concurrent sessions

11:00am-12:00pm: LUNCH on own

12:15pm-1:15pm: concurrent sessions

1:30pm-2:30pm: concurrent sessions

2:45pm – 3:45pm: concurrent sessions

Conference ends at 4pm

Conference Pricing

Below you will find all of the pricing for NMAEYC 2023. Please reach out if you have any questions!

Pre-Conference and Conference

Renewing Member Fee – $200 + the cost of the membership of your choice

Non-Memeber Fee – $285

Member Fee – $210

Pre-Conference Only

Renewing Member Fee – $105 + the cost of the membership of your choice

Non-Memeber Fee – $125

Member Fee – $115

Conference Only

Renewing Member Fee – $110 + the cost of the membership of your choice

Non-Member Fee – $195

Member Fee – $120

Exhibitor Table

Friday & Saturday – $60

Friday Only – $30

Saturday Only- $30

Membership Fees

Entry Membership Fee – $30

Standard Membership Fee – $69

Premium Membership Fee – $150

Family Membership Fee – $35

You Can Still Apply to Volunteer

Exhibitor Tables are Sold OUT!

Annual Conference

by | Sep 21, 2020

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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Albuquerque, NM 87110

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