Annual Conference


Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is committed to training and staff development.  During our annual conference we provide workshops, keynote speakers and networking to anyone who is involved or wants to be involved with early literacy.  Past conferences have had information about brain research, community outreach, sensory storytimes and much more.


In 2020 the conference was offered virtually in response to the pandemic, and will be virtual again in 2021. CLEL also expanded to a two-day conference, offering a Leadership Institute in addition to the general conference for the first time in 2020. Due to it's success CLEL will again offer a Leadership Institute in 2021, and add a half-day Pre-Conference Workshop.

We hope you join us!


Save the Date: October 6, 7 & 8



The Little Engine that Could . . . Moving Over the Mountain


Registration and Pricing Info Coming Soon!


Call for Presenters!

We are seeking presenters for both

the Leadership Institute on October 7

and the Main Conference on October 8.

Submission form now open!

Are you passionate about an early literacy topic, but not ready for a full conference proposal yet?

Join us as a virtual discussion session facilitator and lead conversations about topics

that excite and inspire at the 2021 CLELCON - October 7-8.
No experience facilitating? No problem!

These sessions are meant to be a casual way for members to connect and share knowledge.

Submit an interest form at


We will be utilizing Whova app to bring the conference to you virtually again this year. 

All sessions will be recorded and offer closed captioning.

Contact us if you require additional accommodations.



The CLEL Rising Star Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional work in early literacy. This person may be newer to the field and a rising star who inspires others to do outstanding early literacy work.

CLEL HERO AWARD (Individual)

The CLEL Hero award is a career achievement award for outstanding generosity to Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy and/or the support of early literacy in the state.


For outstanding commitment to the promotion of early literacy throughout the state of Colorado and consistent support of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy. 

Previous Conference Information


Links to presenter content from this year and previous years can be found at the links below.

2020 Conference Materials

2019 Conference Materials

2018 Conference Materials

2017 Conference Materials

2016 Conference Materials

2015 Conference Materials


2014 Conference Materials 


2013 Conference Materials


2012 Conference Materials

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