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ZERO TO THREE Virtual Conference 2022

September 12-15


Call for Proposals 

Welcome to the ZERO TO THREE Virtual Conference proposal submission page. 

Deadline for Proposals for the Virtual Conference 2022 is March 11

All notifications will be made by April 29, 2022. 


ZERO TO THREE’s Virtual Conference is the go-to event for professionals from across the early childhood field seeking to advance their knowledge and practice through a range of on-line learning experiences designed to offer them the latest research, promising practices, and policy strategies. 

Proposals will be considered for presentations ranging from 10 – 75 minutes featuring content relevant to professionals working with children under 5 years old (including those in the prenatal period) and their families, grounded in the domains from the ZERO TO THREE Competencies for Prenatal to Age 5 Professionals™, and focused on addressing and advancing equity.

Each year ZERO TO THREE receives several hundred responses to its Call for Proposals with a limited number of slots available for accepted session proposals. We are pleased to feature the valuable work being done in the early childhood field as much as possible at the Virtual Conference. 

Review Process Overview 

ZERO TO THREE uses a two-part review process. All identifying information is removed from proposals to support an objective and unbiased review. In the first part of the review process, proposals are read and scored by ZERO TO THREE staff, fellows, and members who are subject matter specialists with specific expertise in the ZERO TO THREE Competencies for Prenatal to Age 5 (P-5) Professionals™. Their scores are based on criteria that consider the interest areas and learning levels of the Virtual Conference audience, the relevance of the content to current work in the field, as well as the innovativeness of the work described in the proposal. In part two, a secondary review by the ZERO TO THREE Content Leadership team is made to ensure that all review processes were followed and that the overall program content is well-balanced in the ZERO TO THREE P-5 Competencies and to the Virtual Conference audience. 

Scoring Criteria for Proposals 

  1. Alignment with the ZERO TO THREE Competencies for Prenatal to Age 5 (P-5) Professionals™ domains (5 points); 
  2. Relevance of proposed content to inform field knowledge and enhance practice (5 points); and 
  3. Clarity on how the session will include a focus on addressing and advancing equity (5 points). 

Presenter Information and Requirements 

Presenting Virtually: To support high-quality programming within the virtual format of the conference, each presentation is limited to no more than three (3) presenters. The majority of presentations will be recorded several weeks in advance of the conference dates and rebroadcast live within the conference schedule. All presenters must agree to participate in both the recorded and live sessions at assigned dates and times. Any special scheduling requests should be made at the time of acceptance, but we cannot guarantee that all requests can be accommodated. 

Guidance to support virtual session planning and orientation to the virtual conference platform are provided, but presenters should carefully reflect on their confidence presenting virtually before they offer a proposal. 

Presentation Materials: Presenters will be required to upload supporting presentation materials (typically a PowerPoint deck but can include articles or other handouts) to be shared with attendees on the conference platform.  


All presenters are required to complete a speaker agreement and pay registration fees for the conference. We are pleased to offer a discounted registration fee of $200 (50% off) to honor presenter’s contributions to the conference.  

Disclosure: All presenters will be required to: 

  1. Verify that all reference materials that will be used are current and that all education materials are accurate; 
  2. Verify that all the materials to be used, including handout materials, are free of any liens or encumbrances, or that all necessary permissions and/or licenses have been secured for their use; and 
  3. Disclose any proprietary interest in products, instruments, devices, services, or materials discussed in the session. 

Learner Objectives: At the beginning and end of each session, presenters are required to review session learner objectives. Please note: if your session is invited you will be required to create assessment questions/answers that provide evidence of learner objective achievement.


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