South Carolina Early Childhood Association

SCECA Conference


2024 SCECA Annual Conference

Feb 1-3, 2024

Greenville Convention Center
Greenville, SC

Conference Registration

You may register online, even if you plan to pay by check.

The 2024 Conference Planning Committee has been creating a conference that meets your goals for certified credit hours and is fun and educational as well. This is conference will be IN PERSON at the Greenville Convention Center in Greenville, SC.

Registration will open up on November 1st for you to register online. You can either pay with a credit card when registering online, or choose the "invoice me" option and mail your check. Your registration will not be complete until the check has cleared. If your membership has expired, you will be prompted by the system to renew your membership prior to registration.

Keep watching our Facebook page, our new website, and the Preliminary program, for news about the conference.

If you have any questions, you can contact Becky Wardlaw at 803-960-0323 or via email at

2024 Conference Planning Committee

Dr. Angelia Scott- 2024 Conference Chair

Judy Whitesell, SCECA Meeting Planner

Becky Wardlaw- SCECA Executive Director

Davida Price- President of SCECA

Dona Pitts- Past President of SCECA

Stephanie Barton- Chief Financial Officer

Featured Speakers


Friday, Feb 2, 2024

Dr. Tricia Zucker

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024
Student Group Event

Melinda Long

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, Feb 1

Stephen Fite

Stephen Fite is an award-winning musician and writer whose albums have received eighteen nationally recognized honors. Stephen’s presentations are music-filled and motivational, but more importantly, informative and full of ideas that educators can use immediately in their classroom. Stephen will bring to teachers a renewed enthusiasm for using music to span their curriculum.

Friday, Feb 2

Vernon Mason, Jr.

The spectacular keynote address will be given by Vernon Mason Jr.  He is an author, humorist, inspiring Keynote Speaker, and workshop trainer extraordinaire.  He has been called the trifecta of childcare. Growing up in an "in-home" program. With his mother as his teacher, he has experienced the world of childcare personally and professionally. As an adult, he has been the owner-director of small, medium, and large programs. After  over 28 years, including a decade of multi-site ownership, he sold his schools to a large regional provider. Along the way, Vernon completed a Master's in Early Childhood and wrote a couple of books.  Be prepared to be wowed by Mr. Mason’s expertise and humor.

Saturday, Feb 3

Dr. Demetrice Smith

You will be challenged by the thought provoking keynote address given by Dr. Demetrice Smith from Dallas, Texas. Dr. Smith’s mission is to encourage, equip, empower, and assist in the areas of professional development, business growth, and mental wellness strategies for individuals and groups. Her uncanny ability to brainstorm fail-proof remedies for success is a hallmark of business success. She works hard to help others transform their lives and is passionate about advocating for the highly skilled as well as those in need. Her primary goal is to promote open conversation amongst like individuals about their condition without fear or hopelessness. In her efforts, she aims to empower individuals to get needed help, assist organizations in devising plans and protocols to support healing, and offer families practical solutions to thrive.

SC Endeavor's Number

The SC Endeavors Registry is the agency that documents the DSS credit hours you earn during the year. Each person has their own unique number. If you do NOT have a State Registry ID#, you must go to the SC Endeavors website and create an account to be assigned a State Registry ID#. This number is very important and you will need it to register for the conference and for each session you attend. Go to and click on “Registry Login” to create an account or login to locate your State Registry ID#.

  1. We are using a digital conference app, SCHED, and you will use this app to document your attendance for each session. The conference program will be posted on this app. We will send the link to the app in January. You will see a Conference schedule for each hour. It will include the session title, the presenter, and the DSS code. You can click on the title and a drop down box will appear with the session’s description to help you decide if this is the session you want to attend. All sessions are color-coded by the DSS codes for the sessions.
  • CU - Curriculum
  • HS - Health & Safety
  • GR - Growth & Development
  • NU - Nutrition
  • PD - Professional Development
  • CG - Child Guidance
  • PA - Program Administration
  • SN - Special Needs

2. The computer program will track your attendance and your participation when you complete the Google form provided in each session. If you attend one session each hour, you can earn 3 hours on Thursday night, 8 hours on Friday and 7 hours on Saturday. The only session that is repeated during the conference is Blood Borne Pathogens.

3. If your internet connection is weak and you lose your connection, please log back in as soon as possible so you can receive your credits. You must be logged into a session for 50 minutes to receive credit. If you do not have a smart phone, you can ask to sign the roster sheet. The Room Monitors will have the sheets.

4. At the conclusion of the conference, the SC Endeavor’s Liaison, Ashley Riddle, will enter your attendance and participation into the SC Endeavors’ system for you to receive your credit hours. Please be patient as this is a big undertaking and will take quite a while to accomplish. You can check SC Endeavors in mid-April for your credit hours. SCECA will email a certificate with the sessions you attended during the conference.

HOTEL Information

Hilton Greenville
45 West Orchard Park Drive, Greenville, SC 29615
Phone: 864-336-0051

The Hilton Greenville is the host hotel for the conference. No hotels are attached to the convention center so you will need to drive 1 to 1/5 miles to get to the conference. There is FREE PARKING at the convention center. Be sure to reserve your room by January 6, 2024 to get the conference rate $151/night).

Alternate Hotel Options

If the Hilton is full, here are other options. Tell them you are with the Early Childhood Group:

Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Haywood Mall

70 Orchard Park Dr, Greenville, SC


Sleep Inn at Greenville Convention Center

231 North Pleasantburg Drive

Greenville, SC


Registration Details

Deadline to apply to attend the 2024 SCECA Annual Conference is January 13, 2024. After, January 13, we will have Onsite Registration at the conference with a $20 late fee. No registrations will be processed if not received by the January 13th deadline. Late registrations will be handled at the conference. You can renew your membership and register for the conference on this website. If you receive a scholarship and you have already paid, our Registration staff will refund the fees you paid after the completion of the conference.

  • All forms should be completed on this website. Payment can be made using your credit card online, or you can mail a check in after you complete your online registration. Checks need to be made out to SCECA.
  • You will need to enter your home address, personal email and personal cell phone number to register. This must match the information you gave to SC Endeavors. Please check your personal page on SC Endeavors to be sure they match your registration information. Even if it is a group membership, we need each person’s individual information. If you do not have an email address, you will need to get one from Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or another source. We cannot have multiple members with duplicate email addresses.
  • You will receive an email receipt and confirmation of registration if you pay online with a credit card.
  • If you choose offline payment by check, you will receive a notification of Pending Registration. You are not registered until we receive payment. You will receive a receipt, and confirmation of registration once your check has cleared the bank. Checks returned for insufficient funds will be charged a $30.00 fee.
  • Purchase orders must be paid prior to the conference or the late fee will be assessed.


The ABCQ Program and SC First Steps 4K has offered scholarships to attend the conference. Their deadline to sign up for scholarships is closed. Be sure to respond quickly next year to apply for these scholarships. Once scholarships are awarded, ABCQ  and SC First Steps 4K will send in the information to the SCECA Registration Committee by January 7th. The scholarship pays for your conference registration and your SCECA membership. If you pay your fees before you are awarded a scholarship, SCECA can refund your fees when we are notified that you are awarded a scholarship. If you aren't sure if you won a scholarship, contact the agencies to be sure before the conference.

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