2024 Conference Title: Finding Your Calm in Turbulent Times: Tending to Self, Family, & Community

Friday, April 12, 2024

Hartford Marriot Downtown

Registration     –     Keynote      –      Workshops      –      Exhibitor/Sponsor 


The Childhood Conversations Conference started in 2007 to provide parents with the same access to professional development and speakers that educators, child advocates, social service professionals receive at annual conferences.  Our first conference was held that April and brought in 84 parents and some professionals. In our first year, we had already outgrown the hotel space, however we had captured the vision of giving parents a day of pampering and access to cutting edge knowledge through impactful keynote speakers and workshops.

Throughout the years since the first conference, we have used our evaluations to drive the planning process for the next year and have brought in between 200 and 250 people from 1/3 of the towns across Connecticut. The partnerships have grown from the original three agencies to sixteen agencies spanning multiple disciplines. We have also expanded our audience to include professionals in the early childhood, social work, and education sectors while at the same time maintaining our parent base.

Each year we offer between 15 and 24 workshops, a morning keynote speaker, networking opportunities at lunch, and many vendors. Additionally, we are beginning to receive inquiries regarding the conference as early as June of the previous year. In 2012, we were honored to welcome Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy for lunch remarks and hear how Connecticut is at the forefront for children and families.


REGISTRATION for the 2024 Childhood Conversations Together We Will Conference be available after February 1, 2024.  The 2024 conference registration deadline is March 29, 2024.  You can receive regular updates on registration, available workshops and all other conference details by following us on Facebook.

If you or your organization are interested in being a part of the conference, contact Monica Whalen for more information.  We welcome new ideas and constructive feedback to improve the conference experience for participants and stay true to the purpose of the event. 

Unfortunately, refunds are not available.  However, if you find you are unable to attend the conference after registering, you may transfer your registration to another person by contacting Marla Berrios at least 24 hours before the start of the conference. 

Yes, we work closely with the hotel chef to ensure meals are prepared so that everyone can enjoy them.    The conference will make every effort to address dietary needs. 

Yes, payment confirmation emails may be requested when you mail your check.  Credit card payments automatically receive confirmation upon receipt.

Yes. You will receive a certificate of professional development after the conference by email.   Please note you must use the correct email you wish to receive your certificate upon registration.

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