2023 Annual Conference of The Basics Learning Network
The Basics in Context: Building Blocks for the Movement
We’re back in person! Join us on October 23-24 at the Downtown Marriott in Greensboro, NC to (re)connect and learn.
This year’s theme is “The Basics in Context” to reflect the systemic nature of our collective undertaking.
Share implementation highlights from The Basics communities along with the latest evaluation findings.
Hear from experts on emerging issues in early childhood development, family engagement and support, and systems building that have implications for our work.
Connect, recharge, and inspire one another around our shared vision.
Sessions will feature colleagues from across the BLN as well as national leaders and scholars, including:
Brenda Jones Harden, PhD
Professor of Child and Family Welfare at the Columbia School of Social Work and Board President at Zero to Three, will address the importance of socioecological saturation, a core component of The Basics Strategy.
Sarah R. Lytle, PhD
Executive Director of Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network, will discuss how everyday locations can be transformed into sites for nuanced early learning.
David Willis, MD, FAAP
Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy, will talk about how The Basics fits within a growing national movement to promote Early Relational Health between caregivers and young children.
Brian L. Wright, PhD
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Education, Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, College of Education at the University of Memphis, will address the promotion of positive identity development in young children.
Monday, October 23, 2023
11:30am - 12:15pm: Check in & Networking (boxed lunches provided)
12:15pm - 5:00pm: Conference Program Featuring Presentations and Panels on the Following Topics:
The Basics Learning Network: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
Building Local Partnerships: Three Featured BLN Communities
The Role of Children's Literature in Promoting Positive Early Childhood Identity Development (Brian L. Wright, PhD, University of Memphis)
The Physical Environment: Playful Learning Landscapes (Sarah R. Lytle, PhD, Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network)
5:00pm - 5:40pm: Break
5:45pm - 6:45pm: Conference Happy Hour at the Miriam P. Brenner Children’s Museum Featuring The Basics Guilford Exhibit
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Dinner and Keynote Presentation from Dr. Brenda Jones Harden at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Topic: The Importance of Community-Level Supports for Children and Families
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
7:30am - 8:30am: Breakfast & Networking
8:30am - 4:00pm: Conference Program Featuring Presentations and Panels on the Following Topics:
Local Lessons: The Basics Guilford, NC
Spreading Innovation through Playbooks: Three Featured BLN Communities
The Movement for Early Relational Health (David Willis, MD, FAAP, Center for the Study of Social Policy)
Engaging Parents and Caregivers as Leaders in The Basics Movement
What We’re Learning from BLN Research: Presentation and Discussion of Findings (Shaun M. Dougherty, EdD, Boston College)
Our co-hosts are The Basics Guilford and Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready), an exciting collective impact initiative that includes The Basics Guilford and other key partners. Through the leadership of Ready Ready, Guilford County is building an innovative system of care for children ages 0-8 and their families by connecting expectant parents, and parents and caregivers of young children to the resources, support, and information they need to create a sustained and positive environment for child development. Learn more at getreadyguilford.org
Ticket Policies and Cost
Tickets are $250 per person and include meals.
There is a cap of 6 participants from each The Basics community. More spots may become available closer to the event; please reach out to email@example.com if you would like to be notified of additional availability.
BLN communities that are planning to pay the full membership fee for the current year (July 2023 – June 2024) can receive two complementary tickets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the discount code.
You will receive an email with details on how to book your discounted hotel room at the Downtown Marriott after registering for the conference. If you have any questions please reach out to email@example.com.Contact
About the Location
The City of Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina and is located in the central part of the state in Guilford County, in the picturesque Piedmont region. The city was built by Quakers in the 1700s and named for the Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. It expanded during the textile boom of the late 1800s and became the world epicenter of denim manufacturing. In the 1960s, residents of Greensboro sparked the national lunch counter sit-in movement with the first peaceful civil rights protest by university students. Today, Greensboro is a sprawling city of nearly 300,000, with gracious, affordable suburbs and a newly reinvigorated, walkable urban center.