Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers

The 2024 Nebraska Young Child Institute is now accepting proposals to help advance the field by sharing your unique knowledge and experience.

We’re looking for proposals that focus on young children (under 5 years old) and/or their families and align with certain topic areas (see below for Speaker and Proposal Submission Requirements).

Proposal submission deadline: August 1, 2023

All notifications will be made by October 31, 2023.

Submit Your Proposal

Conference Information

The next Nebraska Young Child Institute (NYCI) will be held June 25-26, 2024 at the Younes Conference Center (South) in Kearney, Nebraska. This conference is a multidisciplinary collaboration of professionals to deeply assess and respond to our communities' most pressing needs. Attendees connect on issues to improve the outcomes of young children and their families.


The NYCI is intended for those wanting to improve the well-being of Nebraska's youngest, such as: judges, county attorneys, caseworkers, parents attorneys, guardians ad litem, CASAs, EDN providers, Head Start personnel, school representatives, early childhood educators, home visitors, medical/health and mental health professionals, service providers, and family members.

Types of sessions

The conference offers a range of audience levels—from foundational knowledge to advanced as well as sessions featuring the latest research, promising practices, and practical application. The conference will have six concurrent breakout sessions. Each session is 70 minutes. This provides speakers the opportunity to speak for 60 minutes and answer questions at the at the end. 

Speaker and Proposal Submission Requirements

Proposal Submission Requirements

Proposals will be considered for sessions featuring content relevant to professionals working with children under five years old and their families that are focused on addressing one or more of the topic areas listed below:

  • Trauma/Resiliency on the developing child
  • Early Childhood Mental Health or Services (e.g. Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Circle of Security-Parent, Reflective Practice, ECMH or I-ECMH topics, etc)
  • Early Education
  • Early Childhood development
  • Courts/Child welfare
  • Medical Information
  • Family-centered services and resources

To apply to become a breakout speaker at the 2024 Nebraska Young Child Institute, you will be asked to provide full speaker and session information at the time of submission. This information includes the following:

  • Speaker’s name, job title, agency/organization, email address, cell phone number, short professional bio, and speaking availability.
  • Co-speaker information (if applicable)
  • Session information (for each proposed topic) including:
    • Title
    • Session description
    • Learning objective(s)
    • Audience level
    • Intended audience
    • Which topic areas this session will fulfill
  • Any special room/equipment accommodations

Speaker Requirements

  • All speaker must agree to present in-person at assigned dates and times. Any special scheduling or room/equipment accommodations must be requested at time of acceptance. We cannot guarantee that all requests can be accommodated.
  • Speakers should carefully reflect on their confidence designing and delivering their session before they offer a proposal.
  • Session Materials: Accepted speakers will be strongly encouraged to upload supporting session materials (e.g. a PowerPoint and/or optional handout documents) prior to the conference to be shared with attendees on the conference website.
  • Registration: By submitting your proposal and upon acceptance, you and any co-speakers agree to present without an honorarium, each pay the $50 conference registration fee, and cover individual travel expenses.

Submission and Review Process Information

You must submit a completed proposal for your proposal to be considered. You must complete the proposal form in one sitting. You will not be able to save your progress once you begin.

You can submit up to two sessions in the proposal form. After submission, you will receive a copy of your proposal to the email address you provided in your proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed by the 2024 NCYI’s Planning Committee after the submission deadline of August 1, 2023. We will contact you by October 31, 2023 to inform you if your proposal is accepted or not. If accepted, at that time we will provide additional conference information to you. See below for the full timeline.

We have a limited number of sessions to fill so we may not be able to accept every proposal.


  • April 3-August 1, 2023: Proposals applications are open
  • August-October, 2023: Submitted proposals will be reviewed
  • By October 31, 2023: Applicants will be notified
  • November 2023: Accepted applicants will receive additional conference information (including additional conference speaker deadlines).
  • December 1, 2023: Deadline to submit speaker agreement form.
  • Late January, 2024: Accepted applicants will receive assigned session date(s) and time(s).
  • February 2024: Registration opens. Speakers are required to register to attend.

Have all the requirements mentioned above?

Come speak at NYCI.

Submit Your Proposal