Early Education Conference - Lancaster, PA

March 7, 2019 8:45 a.m.–March 8, 2019 3:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Resort, 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602

Building a Firm Foundation

"... rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:7 NIV

Renew your professional and spiritual growth at the ACSI Early Education conference. Join us for keynote speakers who will inspire, equip, and encourage early educators while you earn professional clock hours/CEUs for attending. 

Pricing (per delegate)


Two Days — Conference $95 $105 $125 $135
One Day — Conference $75 $85 $105 $115

*Early registration ends 2/8/19


Thur., Mar. 7th Fri., Mar. 8th
8:45 a.m.  Worship 7:45 a.m. Worship
9:00 a.m. Keynote 8:00 a.m. Keynote
10:45 a.m. Session 1 9:45 a.m. Session 4
12:00 p.m. Lunch 11:15 a.m. Session 5
1:30 p.m. Session 2 12:30 p.m. Lunch
3:00 p.m. Session 3 1:45 p.m. Session 6

Pre-selection of sessions required at the time of registration. Download and Print the Session Selection Worksheet and Conference Schedule.
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DoubleTree Resort
2400 Willow Street Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 464-2711

$103/night (single or double rate).
Mention "ACSI Conference Block for March" to get special pricing.

Keynote Speaker

Althea Penn is a dynamic Christian educator, administrator, professional development specialist, and consultant with three decades of experience in early childhood education and program administration. She regularly conducts professional development seminars emphasizing leadership development, child development, and strategic educational organization development.

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