One of the BEST Early Childhood Education Conferences 2017

Thank you to all who attended this year’s event!

“Congrats on a successful conference! I have been receiving great feedback from the (111) Y Staff that attended. They liked the fact that multiple fields were represented so that it developed their knowledge holistically. You just helped build many Y educator’s confidence and commitment to the field. They are so inspired by the experience that they are excited to continue the work with the children and the families.”

Allen Rosales
Office of Learning and Evaluation
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

“ I just wanted to say thank you for having me at your conference. I have to tell you, I went in expecting great things and it was actually better than great. It was excellent! The panels were excellent, I met so many interesting and nice people, and everything was so well organized and user friendly. My presentations went great! It was amazing to see and meet so many people in each session…it was excellent to talk to like minded people who are passionate and committed to the education and well-being of our children.  I am just going to tell you flat out: I am definitely applying to present at Opening Minds 2018!”

Patrick Cerria

“It was a very engaged and diverse crowd. We are very happy with what we experienced here. Thank you for all of your work to put this event together.”

John C. Borrero, M.Ed.
Manager, Child Care and Education Initiative
National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness
American Academy of Pediatrics

“I left feeling both relaxed and energized by the lively discussions and interesting conversations. It really has been such a pleasure to be surrounded by so many people who are passionate about working with young children on so many different levels and in so many different ways through the Opening Minds Conference.”

Maria Boeke Mongillo, EdD
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
School of Education and Professional Studies
Central Connecticut State University

 Registration Types (End Date)  Group Rate  Individual Rate
 Advance Discount (Now Open through Friday, September 1st) $99 $125
 Regular Registration Rate (Deadline: Friday, December 15th) $125 $150
 Late Registration Rate (Deadline: Friday, February 2nd, 2018) $175
 Walk-ins Wednesday – Friday (Cash or Credit Card only) $225

Feel the passion of thousands of professionals who come, together, annually, for four days in Chicago for the most dynamic early education conference and learning experience in the nation. Meet the top people in the field of early care and education from all industries: education, administration, health & wellness, medicine, nursing, justice, social service, policy, government, parks & recreation, tech, business, library science, and more. Hear the latest developments in research. Get proven ideas to return to your job with renewed enthusiasm and the practical edge you need to create results.


Continuing Education for All

Opening Minds is the early childhood education conferences 2017 gathering place for all industries serving young children and families. Credit Hours are available for educators as well as allied professionals.  Opening Minds is a GATEWAYS Registry Verified Conference

Early Education Conference Professional Credits

Professional Credits at Opening Minds you can earn:

  • Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs)
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Certified Teachers
  • Early Intervention Credits
  • Continuing Education Credits for Advanced Nurse, Registered Nurse, and Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Child Care In-Service Training Certificates






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