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The BUILD Initiative looks forward to celebrating 20 years of partnering with you on Building Systems, Improving Quality, Advancing Equity. #BUILD2022 will feature the visionary and long-haul work of teams of leaders across the country building early childhood systems that advance toward racial equity, center families and providers, and keep improving and adapting to our ever-changing context. We had hoped to be with you in person, but for everyone’s safety and health, we will host a virtual gathering.

#BUILD2022 will appeal to a broad audience with enough variety to energize QRIS leaders who want to (1) home in on improving their states’ systems to advance toward racial equity, (2) improve quality, and (3) inspire leaders seeking content that helps them better explore the connections between environmental racism, housing, and workforce pay equity. You’ll hear from community and county leaders as well as visionaries at the state level in the public sector and in advocacy roles.  We’ll make complex concepts like systems and alignment come alive as they crystallize into a feeling of connection and community.

This year’s plenary speakers will not disappoint. As in year’s past, when we have heard from prominent keynoters such as Nikole Hannah Jones, Ibram X. Kendi, Anna Deveare Smith, and Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot, we promise thought-provoking presenters who will help frame the conference. We’ll also have dozens of sessions that have been co-created with you—our state, community, and national partners—to bring you some of the most encouraging work going on in the field today. And, we’ll have small, interactive video chats where you can dig into a topic with colleagues.

The conference is designed to bring together a range of leaders from all levels including: state child care administrators, QRIS administrators, Head Start state and local leaders, technical assistance providers, coaches and mentors, quality improvement specialists, advocates, policy makers, evaluators and researchers, funders, higher education faculty, and early childhood systems leaders at the national, state, territory, tribal nation, and community levels.

Plenary Speakers:

Heather McGhee

Sonia Manzano

Breakout Sessions

Click here for descriptions of #BUILD2022 breakout sessions. This document will be updated as more sessions are finalized.


Your all-access ticket includes: Interactive sponsor booths, a social wall for networking, an extensive agenda with three live plenary sessions, breakout sessions featuring live chat with the presenters, on-demand sessions, small facilitated video roundtable discussions, important resources, and a conference game in which you can win free tickets to next year’s conference and books by our plenary speakers. Your ticket also includes access to the conference platform through the end of 2022, so you can check out the sessions you missed.

Ticket Prices:
Regular Registration 5/1-6/30…………………….$450
Late Registration 7/1-7/11………………………….$550

Organization Group Discount: Groups of 5 or more people from the same organization receive a discount of 10% (not combinable with other offers). This discount is only available until 6/30. Contact Dara Piltz at [email protected] for details.


(All times are EST)
Day 1 – Monday, July 11
12:00-12:30 PM Welcome & Opening
12:30-1:30 PM Plenary
1:30-1:45 PM Break
1:45-2:45 PM Breakout Sessions
2:45-3:45 PM Sponsor & Exhibitor Receptions
3:45-4:00 PM Break
4:00-5:00 PM Plenary – Heather McGhee

Day 2 – Tuesday, July 12
11:30-11:45 AM Kick-Off
11:45 AM -12:45 PM Facilitated Video Roundtables
12:45-1:00 PM Break
1:00-2:00 PM Breakout Sessions
2:00-2:15 PM Break
2:15-3:15 PM Breakout Sessions
3:15-3:30 PM Break
3:30-4:30 PM Breakout Sessions
4:30-4:45 PM Wrap-Up

Day 3 – Wednesday, July 13
11:30-11:45 AM Kick-Off
11:45 AM -12:30 PM Facilitated Video Roundtables
12:30-1:30 PM Breakout Sessions
1:30-1:45 PM Break
1:45-2:45 PM Breakout Sessions
2:45-4:00 PM Closing Plenary

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