Gulf Coast Early Childhood Summer Symposium

Bringing together early childhood professionals, business owners, faith-based early education leaders, advocates and state offices for a 3-day training and networking event along the beautiful beaches of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

About the Gulf Coast Summer Symposium

The Gulf Coast Early Childhood Summer Symposium is a collaboration event of groups and organizations throughout the South. What began as an annual event for Alabama’s oldest state child care association (AALECE) to bring affordable, quality training to early education professionals over 30 years ago, now brings together advocacy groups, state organizations, and participants from over 8 states. Our attendees return year after year because this conference experience is unlike any other. The crowd is managable. The training is exceptional and relevant. The atmosphere is laid back. And the beach views are heavenly. Here are some of the highlights you can expect to see at this year’s Summer Symposium…

Knowledgable, Engaging Presenters

From regional experts to nationally recognized industry leaders, you can expect to be pleased with our line up of guest speakers and presenters. Some of our confirmed special guests for the 2024 Gulf Coast Early Childhood Summer Symposium include Dr. Tricia Shelton, Aiko Bethea, and Ronnie Thomas.

Training Classes & Workshops

The Gulf Coast ECE Summer Symposium offers high-quality sessions on relevant topics for the professional development and CEUs you need. Some of the topics of training this year include practical strategies for working with children with special needs, extensive leadership training for Administrators and Directors, STEAM education & activities, and toxic productivity.

Networking Opportunities

When early childhood professionals connect, they create powerful communities of learning. Exhibitors, presenters, attendees, conference staff and special guests come together for unique networking experiences. We are planning and preparing a variety of opportunities for you to share knowledge, build relationships and make connections.

This year, you can join us in person OR virtually!

Symposium Venue

The Lodge at Gulf State Park

21196 E Beach Boulevard

Gulf Shores, AL  36542; 251-540-4000

The booking link for accommodations is as follows: Click Here to Make Reservations

Call in reservations are processed exclusively through The Lodge’s Central Reservations Department at 800-618-4350. Guests wishing to book by phone should mention your group code 91M when calling.

Overflow accommodations are available at Hotel Indigo. Reservations by phone: 251.981.1737; Group Code: ALE. Reservations online: Gulf Coast Early Childhood Summer Symposium

Booking Deadline is May 14, 2024.

Virtual Learning Opportunity

Group and Individual


Can’t make it to the Gulf Coast to join us in person? That’s no reason to miss out on the AMAZING training opportunities we have to offer. Here are a few benefits of signing up to expereince the 2024 Gulf Coast Early Childhood Summer Symposium virtually…

1. Accessibility: We’re removing geographical barriers, allowing you to participate without the need for travel.

2. Affordability: You will save on travel, accommodation, and other expenses associated with attending in person.

3. Flexibility: Have on-demand access to sessions with the ability to participate at your convenience.

4. Recorded Sessions: All sessions taking place in The Lodge meeting rooms will be recorded for later viewing, allowing you to revisit content and catch up on missed sessions. You won’t have to choose which session to take because you will have access to them all.

Pricing & Registration

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