Posted by Michelle Thomas, TCC Senior Policy Advisor

During the month of June, TCC sponsored two of the biggest national early childhood conferences – the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute (PLI) and the BUILD QRIS National Meeting. It was inspiring to reconnect with friends, colleagues and clients and to start conversations with new friends.

Conference Themes

Each conference provided rich and diverse learning opportunities and each effectively used the power of current technology to connect participants and keep the dialogue open throughout the conference.

  •  NAEYC PLI – Elevating and empowering the early childhood workforce was a clear objective of this conference. Participants had many opportunities to hear from national experts and advocates and to build relationships with colleagues and peers
  • BUILD QRIS National Meeting – This conference was built around the notion that improving quality of early childhood programs is not enough; we must also ensure equitable access to high-quality programs for all families and children



At both events, TCC staff gave hands on demonstrations of our newly enhanced early childhood integrated data system, Ascend.  Thank you for all of your positive and insightful feedback about Ascend. We are already working with our developers to integrate your great ideas into the next version of Ascend!

We hope to see you again at the next two conferences we are sponsoring:

  • National Workforce Registry Alliance (NWRA): September 6-8 in Alexandria, VA
  • National Association of Regulatory Administration (NARA): September 11-13 in Minneapolis, MN

To learn more about Ascend, please contact Michelle Thomas at and visit our website


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