The 2023 Sharing A Vision Conference will be held on October 4–6, 2023 in person! Check the website often for the most up-to-date information.

Attendee Registration is coming soon!

Sharing A Vision Biennial Conference

This exceptional conference is planned to meet the needs of early childhood professionals and families in the state and is coordinated by the Illinois Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

General Session Speakers

Dr. Julie Causton

A bestselling author, inspiring speaker, and inclusion advocate, Dr. Julie Causton began her career as an educator and then 14 years as a tenured professor at Syracuse University. In 2012 she founded Inclusive Schooling, a premiere company solely devoted to delivering professional development which transforms schools and lives. She has spent the past 25 years nearly obsessed with discovering innovative practices and teaching others about inclusive education through her wildly engaging presentations.

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

A highly sought-after speaker, accomplished author, and educators’ educator. Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak began her career as an early interventionist and then spent 16 years as a tenured professor at Kent State University. Since 2013 she has followed her true passion for designing and delivering transformative professional development. As a result, she has accumulated over 50,000 hours of helping educators and leaders work from a place of compassion, hope, and love in locations from Cincinnati to Singapore.



IDEC Annual Meeting

Illinois DEC is proud to be the host Subdivision for this year's 2022 DEC/ISEI Conference. We invite our colleagues across the state to join us for the annual IDEC Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at the Hilton Chicago. This event will be an opportunity to meet and greet our Executive Board and hear the great things in store for Illinois DEC moving forward. See you there, at Division for Early Childhood (DEC)'s international conference. Register here.

Volunteer Opportunities

We’re seeking two types of volunteers for this year's conference! Could you help us out?

We're seeking volunteers to support DEC registration set up and logistics, as well as DEC exhibit booth support! Volunteers can sign up for one or more 4-hour volunteer spots between Monday, September 26th and Friday, September 30th. Sign up for a spot.

Please consider supporting the DEC conference by loaning a projector for conference sessions! We have a system in which the projectors will be handled by DEC staff/volunteers only and checked in and out securely. Loan a projector.

Thank you! As a thank you for your time and generosity, we're offering our volunteers a $50 gift certificate for each 4-hour volunteer spot and/or for each projector loaned. Gift certificates can be applied to a 2023 conference registration, DEC bookstore products, or DEC Learning Deck webinars. (You'll be able to select your preference when you sign up at the links above!)

If you have any questions about volunteering, please don't hesitate to contact us at


Important Dates!

Early Bird Registration Coming Soon!


Conference Begins!
The 2023 Sharing A Vision biennial conference runs from October 4–6!