Conference on the Young Years (CYY)

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The next Conference on the Young Years (CYY) will be held on March 7-9, 2024 at the Tan-Tar-A Conference Center in Osage Beach, Missouri.

The Office of Childhood is soliciting proposals for the 2024 conference, click on the link below to submit a proposal. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2023.

Highlights from 2023
Why Attend

The Conference on the Young Years offers many opportunities for early childhood professionals in Missouri. Conference attendees can:

  • Gather with over 1,000 early childhood professionals from around the state to connect, collaborate, and learn together. 
  • Choose from over 100 presentations and attend the speakers that interest you most.
  • Learn from national and Missouri based speakers along with practitioners who will be presenting on topics relevant to early childhood professionals.
  • Gain information about the resources available to early childhood professionals from vendors in the exhibitor hall.
  • Observe best practices from high quality programs and speak to representatives in the showcase room.
  • Enjoy networking with your peers in early childhood professions.
What to Expect

The CYY conference normally attracts more than 1,700 professionals ranging from teachers, caregivers, and administrators for children birth to third grade. They come from a variety of early childhood settings including public schools, private programs, Head Start, Early Head Start, early childhood home providers, home visiting programs, directors and representation from other agencies who work in the field of early childhood.

Presentations have been chosen specifically for early childhood professionals working in a variety of settings and with a range of ages.

Professional Development Tracks Available at CYY:

  • Home Visiting 
  • Infant / Toddler 
  • Preschool
  • Elementary (Kindergarten-3rd Grade)​​​​​
  • Administration/Leadership
Vendors / Exhibitors

We are pleased to invite you to register for an exhibitor booth. There are approximately 60 booths available which will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. These spaces will fill quickly. Be aware that no on-site registrations will be accepted.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Jamie Schieber, Custom Meeting Planners at 573-445-2965 or at

Sponsorship Opportunities

Many sponsorship opportunities are offered. If you are interested in getting your company name in front of the many CYY attendees; we have created several opportunities at different price ranges to do so. Sponsorships range from badge holders/lanyards to notebooks and pens. If you have an idea for a sponsorship, we will work with you to customize a sponsorship that works for you.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Jamie Schieber, Custom Meeting Planners at 573-445-2965 or at

For More Information

Professional Development Team


Phone: 573-526-2436