The Administration for Children and Families presents NRCEC 2020, National Research Conference on Early Childhood. June 22 - 24, 2020 at Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.
November 30 - December 3, 2020
Virtual NRCEC 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Logistics

When and where is NRCEC 2020?

Due to COVID-19, ACF’s NRCEC will be held virtually on Monday, November 30 – Thursday, December 3.

How can I receive updates about the conference?

You can receive updates by requesting to be added to the conference email list. You also can follow @OPRE_ACF on Twitterexternal link icon (link take you off the NRCEC site) for updates.

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending the conference?

CEUs are not offered for attending NRCEC 2020.

Virtual Conference Format

What types of sessions will be included in the virtual conference?

The virtual conference will include a plenary session, concurrent breakout sessions, and virtual poster sessions. We encourage you to view the conference agenda and click to add conference events to your calendar. Additionally, you can view or download the complete conference program external link icon PDF 3MB!

How can I access the Virtual NRCEC content?

You will be able to access all virtual conference sessions from the agenda page of the NRCEC website. Sessions will be streamed from November 30 – December 3 and will feature live Q&A sessions with the presenters. In addition, all conference sessions will be available for on demand viewing following the live event dates. Check out the agenda page of the website to see the final agenda and complete conference program external link icon PDF 3MB.

What is a virtual poster session?

Virtual NRCEC 2020 will utilize a robust poster platform to exhibit high-quality, interactive posters in an all-virtual format. Beginning on Monday, November 30, you can access the online gallery of posters from the agenda page of the website. During the poster sessions, authors will be available for live chat/Q&A. Check out the conference program external link icon PDF 3MB for the complete listing of posters and to see which posters will be presented during which poster session.


Is there a registration fee for the conference?

Registration for this event is free and open to the public.

When will registration open?

Pre-registration for the virtual conference is not required. On Monday, November 30, you will be able to access the NRCEC 2020 session viewing portal through the agenda page of this website and will be prompted to register for the virtual event at that time. Once you have registered, you can access any conference session by using the email address that you registered with. It’s that simple!

How do I access the viewing portal to complete my virtual event registration?

Beginning the morning of Monday, November 30, from the agenda page of the website, click on the “View Sessions” button at the top of the page to be taken to the initial registration page for the event. Although advance registration is not required, we encourage virtual event attendees to access the viewing portal at least several minutes prior to the start of the first session you plan to participate in to ensure you have ample time to complete the registration process.

Call for Presentations

What is the deadline for submission?

The Call for Presentations is now closed and submissions have been reviewed.

When will I find out if my submitted proposal has been selected?

All decision notifications have been sent out. Only the identified symposium organizer or the contact author of each individual poster received the decision notification. They are responsible for informing other participants and authors.

Conference Content

What topics are discussed at the conference?

NRCEC 2020 will present the latest research surrounding Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, home visiting, child welfare, special education, pre-kindergarten, early elementary, and other early childhood programs.

How can I learn about past conferences?

Information about past conferences is available on the OPRE websiteexternal link icon (link take you off the NRCEC site).

Who attends the conference?

Attendees at the conference will include academic and professional researchers, early childhood program administrators and practitioners, and federal, state, and local policymakers.