General Information

Refreshments and Meals

On Friday, we will be providing McAllister Deli boxed lunches for all registered attendees. During the registration process, you will be able to select your preferred boxed lunch. If you have a special dietary allergy or restriction, we will collect this information as well, and do our best to accommodate you.

Over lunch, we will be dividing registrants into groups so you can network with your colleagues about topics that interest you. During registration, you will select a networking lunch topic; you will then be assigned a lunch location where your selected boxed lunch will be waiting for you. Famous McAllister’s tea will also be available. This will be a great opportunity for discussion and networking at this year’s conference.

We will have coffee and water available throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, but breakfast will not be provided either day. For those staying at the Drury Inn & Suites in Brentwood with the room block, a reminder that there is a hot breakfast served from 6:00-9:30 am on Friday and from 7:00-10:00 am on Saturday. We also encourage you to bring your own snacks or sodas with you to the conference, as we will not be providing snacks. Harris-Stowe does have some vending machines on campus, but we cannot guarantee that they will keep them stocked.

Switching Sessions

We have people sign up for sessions when they register so we can place the most popular sessions in larger rooms to prevent overcrowding and to give you confidence that you will have a seat in all the sessions for which you sign up.

As far as the 2018 conference goes, we will let you know on this site and via e-mail in advance of the conference how we’re going to handle requests to change sessions.  If most of the sessions have seats available as we get close to the conference dates, we will let you know that if you wish to change sessions from one for which you originally signed up, you will be able to do so without informing us at the conference registration desk.  In this case, those sessions that are full, or mostly full, will have door monitors who will ask you to show your schedule or ticket to get in.

If a number of sessions are full, we will let you know in advance about our ticket exchange policy, which will allow you to exchange a ticket for another session at the same time if there are seats still available.  Either way (whether we need to institute a ticket exchange process for this year’s conference or not), we will keep you informed.  Be assured that we will work hard to make sure you get to attend the sessions you really want to attend!

NEW this year!  Friday Night Out: Missouri Early Learning at the Fox!

This year we’ve added a real treat to the schedule–our Friday Night Out excursion to the fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis to see the Broadway hit, Aladdin!

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” Aladdin features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!), this “Fabulous” and “Extravagant” (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team, with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots), and Natasha Katz (An American in Paris).

Join our Missouri Early Learning seat block to see why audiences and critics agree, Aladdin is “Exactly What You Wish For!” (NBC-TV).  To be part of this great event, be sure to save your spot when you register.

Professional Development Clock Hours

In past years, the Missouri Early Learning Conference has  been an approved conference for receiving professional development clock hours through the OPEN Initiative for those who needed to document their conference attendance.  However, the system has become so burdensome for conference planners (we have to list everything on the MO Workshop Calendar; get MOPD ID numbers for all presenters, including national presenters who’ll never need the number again; put out and take up sign-up sheets for all sessions; and enter everyone’s attendance manually into the OPEN system after the conference) that it’s just not worth the effort, especially when less than 1/4 of our attendees need the documentation. We just don’t have the manpower to continue to comply.

If you are someone who has to keep track of PD hours through this system, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience it might cause you for us to opt out of the system.  Perhaps you should share with the folks at OPEN that the current system isn’t working.  We’re not the only conference considering opting out.

Again, our apologies.

Weather Policy
The Missouri Early Learning Conference will be held regardless of weather conditions, and no refunds will be given due to inclement weather.  We regret that we must adhere strictly to this policy.
E-Mail Contact Lists
By registering, you give your permission to distribute your name and contact information to conference attendees and vendors. If you prefer not to be included in these distributed lists, please include a written request with your registration for your contact information to be omitted.

Conference Media Policy

Registrants of the Missouri Early Learning Conference agree to allow Educational Solutions International and its official media specialist to photograph or video them in the context of the conference. Footage captured may be used in future print and electronic promotional and archival materials. For questions or concerns, please call (573) 882-4349 or email