Family Resources

Dependent Children Event Attendance Policy

The AAAL Annual Conference is family friendly. We welcome your children and dependents to attend conference sessions and events. Our utmost concern is for the safety and security of our attendees and their children. For the purposes of this policy, “children” are defined as birth children, step children, adopted children, and dependents.

Registration for Children

All children (of any age) must obtain free registration for the conference. They will then get a badge identifying who they are attending with (i.e., responsible party, parent, guardian). Badges for children of registered attendees are free and must be worn by all children at all times. This information is needed in the event of an emergency or if a child needs to be reunited with a parent. We request that you register your children or dependents in advance. If this is not possible, child/dependent registration will be available onsite at the registration desk. 

Adult Guardian Accompaniment

For the safety of children attending AAAL, children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.

Child Access to Sessions

Children may be brought into all conference sessions. If the child becomes a serious distraction to other attendees, we ask that the parent step out to address the needs of the child and then reenter the session.

For safety reasons, children under 18 will not have access to the exhibition area during the move-in and move-out periods.

Lactation Area and Family Resting Area Spaces

As a part of our effort to create a comfortable environment for your family, we provide a space for lactation needs. Please ask for the location when you pick up your registration materials.

We have also designated one room as a Family Resting Area. Please ask for the location when you pick up your registration materials.


We regret that AAAL and the conference hotel are not able to provide childcare during the conference.

Cooperative Childcare

Are you interested in exchanging babysitting services with other parents at the conference? Cooperative childcare allows parents to equitably take turns at baby-sitting during the conference so they can enjoy the more formal aspects of conference knowing their children are taken care of and entertained. Please note: Cooperative childcare is organized by conference attendees. AAAL is not liable for any adverse outcomes.

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