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2018 Early Education Conference—Lancaster, PA

March 8, 2018 9:00 AM–March 9, 2018 3:00 PM
Doubletree Resort, Lancaster, PA

The Search and Teach Training and the ACSI Early Education Conference will take place as scheduled. Please monitor this page for any weather-related updates.

Nurturing Relationships Marked by Love and Boundaries

Are you looking for an opportunity to renew your professional and spiritual growth? As Christian early educators, we understand the importance of nurturing all children and loving them right where they are so that trust is built between the child and teacher allowing for dynamic growth and development in each student.  Our conference theme, Nurturing Relationships Marked by Love and Boundaries, will direct the conference sessions to focus on modeling Jesus' love to our students while creating healthy boundaries in the classroom. Join early educators and develop a deeper understanding of ways to provide an engaging early education classroom environment that will allow children to feel safe, loved, and accepted.

MACSA schools please contact the regional office to register.

Keynote Speaker

Cynthia Tobias

As a noted author and internationally acclaimed speaker, Cynthia Tobias effectively engages her audience with humor and practical strategies that help children to experience success. A featured speaker on both television and radio, Cynthia has served educators across the country and around the world.  



Workshop pre-selection for all attendees must take place at the time of registration. Use the Workshop Schedule and Session Selection Form to make your selections prior to starting the registration process.  

Preconference Training for Early Educators—Search & Teach Workshop

March 7–8, 2018  (Requires a separate registration)

Download the Schedule and Speaker Handouts

EE Conference Lancaster Schedule

EE Conference Lancaster Speaker Handouts


Doubletree Resort, Lancaster, PA

Hotel Information

You can reserve a room at the Doubletree Resort by booking directly through their online reservation system.  If you have any questions, please contact the Doubletree Resort at 717.464.2711.


The Doubletree Resort will be offering meal tickets for breakfast ($14.00) and lunch ($14.50) that may be purchased at the hotel front desk. Meal packages are NOT included in your hotel room cost. 

There are also restaurants in the surrounding area, or you are welcome to pack lunch. 


Two-day Registration One-day Registration
Early (Deadline: January 15, 2018) Early (Deadline: January 15, 2018)
  • $95 per person ACSI Member School
  • $75 per person ACSI Member School
  • $190 per person Non-member School
  • $190 per person Non-member School
Standard (Deadline: Febuary 15, 2018) Standard (Deadline: Febuary 15, 2018)
  • $105 per person ACSI Member School
  • $85 per person ACSI Member School
  • $200 per person Non-member School
  • $200 per person Non-member School

Additional $20 per person after registration deadline.
Refund Policy: There are no refunds for pre-registered events. Substitutions are allowed. 


Member schools must have staff added to your school roster in ConNEXUS in order to register for the conference. Please contact the ACSI Northeast Regional Office for assistance.

ACSI ConNEXUS Premium 

Access to ConNEXUS Premium is complimentary to all delegates from ACSI member schools who register for a 2017–18 EE conference. It will be available from the time of registration through October 31, 2018. Contact the NE regional office for more information.

Regional Office Contact Information


Phone: 717.285.3022


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