Family Resources

Resources for parents and families at the AAAL Annual Conference

Dependent Children Event Attendance Policy

The AAAL Annual Conference is family friendly.

Everyone who attends must be registered and have a badge. Badges for children of registered attendees are free. For the purposes of this policy, “children” are defined as birth children, step children, adopted children, and dependents. It is requested that children be registered in advance in conjunction with their parent(s), however child registration is available onsite at the registration desk.

Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. Guardians are asked to help maintain a professional, disturbance-free exhibition environment.

Children under 18 are not allowed in the exhibition area during exhibition move-in and move-out for their own safety. Please note that for reasons of security, all children must wear a badge identifying with whom they are attending. In addition, AAAL is committed to providing a space for lactation needs. 

Please note that AAAL, nor the hotel, will be providing childcare during the conference. Children will be the responsibility of the parent.

Registration for Children

All children (of any age) must be registered for conference either online prior to the conference or at onsite registration. This information is needed in the event of an emergency or if a child needs to be reunited with a parent.

Child Access to Sessions

Children may be brought into all conference sessions. If the child begins to fuss or becomes a distraction to other attendees, the parent should step out to address the needs of the child. Reentry will be permitted once the disruption is resolved.

Lactation Spaces

Two 8'5" diameter x 7'3" tall Mamava Inflatable Lactation Pods will be available on the Majestic Level of the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.  

Cooperative Childcare

Cooperative childcare allows parents to equitably exchange baby-sitting services so they can enjoy the more formal aspects of conference knowing their children are taken care of and entertained.

Submit Info for Cooperative Childcare      View Cooperative Childcare Sign-Ups and Coordinate Care

Please note: Cooperative childcare is organized by conference attendees. AAAL is not liable for any adverse outcomes.