Sponsored by BPSI for the last thirty years, The Annual Early Childhood Conference has become one of our most respected outreach programs, particularly within the early childhood educator community. The conference most often focuses on viewing early childhood education through the lens of development, with an eye to promoting the emotional well being of the child within the family system.

Many prominent leaders in the field of early childhood education have been featured at our Annual Early Childhood Conferences, including T. Berry Brazelton, Ed Tronick, Vivian Paley, Steve Seidel, and Howard Gardner. In the past several years the conference has focused on issues of racial bias, family separation, and inequities in early education. Recent speakers have included Walter Gilliam, Howard Stevenson, Carmen Rosa Noroña, Junlei Li, and Stephanie Curenton.

While the Early Childhood Conference is geared primarily toward early childhood education providers, center directors, and other early childhood educators in the Boston area, the program is also of interest to parents, mental health clinicians, and BPSI Members.

The Annual Early Childhood Conference is held each spring. Check back in early spring for information, or contact Karen Smolens.


The Annual Early Childhood Conference provides Continuing Education Credits for participants for a low fee.

Committee and Organizers

The BPSI Annual Early Childhood Conference was started in 1992 by Lyle Warner, and is organized by the BPSI Annual Early Childhood Conference Committee. The Committee consists of a group of dedicated early childhood educators and BPSI members who volunteer their time to plan the program. The present members are:

Ann Epstein, MD, Co-Chair

Judith Yanof, MD, Co-Chair

Jane Lannak, PhD

Lisa McElaney, MS

Ellen Moore, MA

Susan Twombly, MS

Malak Rafla, MD

BPSI would like to recognize the generous contribution of an anonymous donor who supported and funded this program for many years.