Monday, Oct 2

Early Efforts: The Importance of Men in Early Childhood

October 2, 2023
Webinar • 2pm EST

The early childhood workforce is overwhelmingly female, depriving many children of male role models during their most formative years. Why are men important during the early years and what can be done to make the profession more enticing and accessible for male professionals? Join The Hunt Institute and this expert panel to find out.


Tuesday, Oct 3

Language-Rich Learning Environments and Experiences: Increasing Opportunities-to-Learn for Today’s Young Children

October 3-5, 2023
Fee Based

Today’s young children bring tremendous linguistic, cultural, and developmental diversity to their early learning settings and interactions – and every day, leaders and practitioners across the mixed-delivery early education system are working to create environments and experiences that promote their healthy language development.

This program explores the latest science around creating optimal formal and informal language-learning environments and experiences — ultimately supporting children’s healthy brain development and laying the foundation for lifelong learning.


Thursday, Oct 5

More than the baby blues: Ensuring new parents get the mental health supports they need

October 5, 2023
Webinar • 3pm EST

Mental health conditions are the leading drivers of the high maternal mortality rates in the U.S., with data showing that 1 in 5 women experience a mental health condition. Yet, 75 percent of those affected are left untreated. This session will be and introduction of maternal mental health and policy opportunities and community-based solutions to improve treatment and diagnosis.

The webinar will be presented by Carmen Green, the vice president of research and strategy at RH Impact.


Tuesday, Nov 7

Early Efforts – Climate and Children: Unpacking the Findings of the Early Years Climate Action Task Force

November 7, 2023
Webinar • 2pm EST

Founded to explore the intersection between climate change and early development, the Early Years Climate Action Task Force has worked across 2023 to mobilize thinking and action for the next century and beyond. Join this panel of Task Force leaders as we explore the implications of climate change for young children.


Wednesday, Nov 15

2023 NAEYC Annual Conference Expo

November 15-17, 2023
Fee Based


The 2023 NAEYC Annual Conference Expo is one of the world’s largest early childhood education show floors with over 275 exhibitors and three days of excitement. NAEYC’s Annual Conference is designed for all early childhood professionals, including classroom teachers, center directors, administrators, and leaders who prepare, mentor, and support early childhood professionals.

LOCATION: Music City Center – Nashville, TN

Monday, Dec 4

Early Efforts: 2023’s Big Wins for Little Kids

December 4, 2023
Webinar • 2pm EST

Join The Hunt Institute and a panel of leaders from across the nation for a year-end recap of the biggest early childhood policy advancements of the year.


Past Events

Monday, July 17

Early Efforts | Technology in Early Childhood: Risks and Opportunities

July 17, 2023
Webinar • 2pm EST

As technology continues to advance, it is becoming more ubiquitous in the daily lives of all Americans – young children included. This panel will discuss both the risks and opportunities presented by the continuing incorporation of technology into the lives of young children.


Wednesday, June 21

The Science of Early Learning and Adversity

June 21-23, 2023
Fee Based


In this two-day on-campus program, thought leaders will share the latest science that sits at the intersection of child development, education policy, and early intervention for children experiencing adversity. In facilitated follow-up discussions, participants will explore how this science can inform the supports they provide for adults and children.

LOCATION: HGSE – On campus

Monday, June 12

Early Efforts | Place Matters – How the Environment We Create Shapes the Foundations of Early Development

June 12, 2023
Webinar • 2pm EST


A wide range of conditions in the places where children live, grow, play, and learn can get “under the skin” and affect their developing brains and other biological systems. Rapidly advancing science around early childhood development provides evidence that, beginning before birth, these environmental conditions shape how children develop, which shapes their lifelong physical and mental health, in turn. Join The Hunt Institute and an expert panel inspired by Place Matters, the most recent working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child for this important conversation.


Sunday, June 4

2023 NAEYC Professional Learning Institute

June 4-7, 2023
Fee Based


The 2023 NAEYC Professional Learning Institute is designed for early childhood professionals, including leaders who prepare, mentor, and support early childhood professionals, as well as program administrators and experienced practitioners.

LOCATION: Oregon Convention Center – Portland, OR

Monday, April 17

Let’s Play: Teaching Strategies for Playful Learning


April 17-May 14, 2023
Fee Based

Play is central to how children learn. Yet incorporating play into a formal school setting can be challenging because the nature of play and the nature of school are often at odds. This course, based on the frameworks developed in PZ’s “Pedagogy of Play” project, (funded by the Lego Foundation) introduces core principles and practices of playful learning and gives you the opportunity to design and try out a playful learning approach in your own context.


Tuesday, April 11

Black Maternal Health Week

April 11-17, 2023


Held annually on April 11-17th, BMHW is a week-long campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance​ to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people. The week is intentionally held during National Minority Health Month and begins on April 11th annually to join dozens of global organizations in marking this day as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights – an opportunity to advocate for the elimination of maternal mortality globally. The activities and conversations hosted throughout the week intentionally center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. ​

Tuesday, April 4

Early Efforts | Promoting Nature Based Learning in the Early Years


April 4, 2023
Webinar • 2pm EST

Nature based learning is growing in popularity. Join The Hunt Institute and Trust for Learning on April 4, 2023 as we explore the benefits of nature based learning environments in promoting ideal learning and the supports these programs need to thrive in the states.


Saturday, April 1

NAEYC Week of the Young Child®


April 1-7, 2023
Events Located Nationally

NAEYC’s annual event celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.

First established in 1971, the purpose of the Week of the Young Child® is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

LOCATION: Various events all over the country