Learning in Utero and Preschool Age Children

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
International Interface


Learning in Utero and Preschool Age Children


Update: April 5, 2017 - email address to submit abstract has been updated to the correct address at earlyedu2017@international-interface.com.


Call for Presentations


Abstract Deadline: MAY 31, 2017

Conference Dates: August 17&18, 2017

Studies indicate that babies in utero begin to recognize sounds and voices by birth and can distinguish the voice of his mother from the voices of others. Other studies indicate that in utero, a baby develops the ability to distinguish between the mother’s native language and a foreign language. From birth, babies learn routines and patterns to help them build a foundation for learning as they grow. International Interface invites participants from all disciplines to take part in a rich discussion on learning in utero, in newborns, infants and very young children. 


Publishing Goal(s): 


1. Conference Proceedings in an open access platform.

2. Peer Reviewed Scholarly Volume(s) as a series.

3. Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies on Educating Children

4. Smart Fiction - Read aloud stories for very young children.


International Interface welcomes the input of academics, educators, health professionals, manufacturers, parents, performers, social scientists, writers, and anyone interested in how learning begins and develops in small children to engage in discussions to enhance their current understanding and develop a variety of publications to benefit others interested in advancing their knowledge and skills.


We welcome presentation proposals that include topics such as:


Fetal Learning General Overview and Studies

Native Language and the Newborn

Foreign Language and the Newborn

Teaching and Learning Multiple Languages

Teaching Sign Language to the Very Young

Curriculum Studies for Child Care Facilities

Curriculum Studies for Preschool Facilities

Early Childhood Education 

Education of Very Young Children around the World

Stages of Learning and Development in Babies

Music and Babies Studies

Parent’s Role in Early Childhood Education

Outside Influences on a Child’s Learning 

Childhood Disabilities and Education 

Case Studies on Early Learning


What to Submit:

Up to 400 word abstract.

Submission Deadline:

MAY 31, 2017

Where to Submit:

In the subject line, please place the word ABSTRACT and email your abstract as an attachment (.doc, or .docx only) to earlyedu2017@international-interface.com.

Peer Review Process:

All abstracts submitted are double-blind peer reviewed using the following method. Office personnel responsible for opening email will open your attached abstract, recording your abstract title, your name, and your contact information in a password-protected spreadsheet. Your abstract will be assigned a review number. The review number has no bearing on the review process other than for the purpose of identification of your paper after the double-blind peer review process is completed. The abstract document you submitted will then have your name, and any identifying information (address, email address, work address, etc.) removed from the document. The original document is then added to a password-protected folder accessible only by office personnel and the conference moderator. The conference moderator will notify all members of the review team of the availability to review your abstract. The abstract is then emailed to the first two sub-committee members to respond. The reviewers will have seven days to review the abstract and submit a completed abstract review form, via email, to the moderator. The moderator will then notify you of the findings of the reviewers via email (sent from the same email address you used to submit the abstract), either inviting your participation, or if rejected, you will be given a copy of the review form for your records. There are two types of abstract rejections: The first is a hard reject in which no further submission attempts may be made for this conference. The second type is a soft reject in which the abstract submitter is invited to revise the abstract and resubmit. Specific instructions will be given to you if a soft reject reply is given. All resubmissions are considered by two new reviewers using the same double-blind peer review process. The new reviewers will be made aware that it is a resubmission, but the abstract’s first review will not be forwarded to the new reviewers, making this new review independent of the former review. If rejected a second time, no revised abstract will be accepted.

Multiple Delegates / Authors of One Abstract:

Each abstract is considered independently, however, if there is more than one delegate listed on the abstract as contact or author, team fees will apply if the abstract is accepted. Only one presentation per team is allowed, however, up to five team members may participate in the presentation from different locations. The team fee information is given in Table 1.1 below.

Submitting More than One Abstract for Consideration:

You may submit up to three abstracts. Each abstract is considered independently and is considered an independent request to make a presentation at the conference. If more than one abstract is accepted, three fees will be billed, however, a 40% discount will be applied to all abstracts billed after the first accepted abstract which is billed at 100%. For example, if billed and paid early (see chart below):


Individual Abstract 1:   $99

Individual Abstract 2:   $59.40

Individual Abstract 3:   $59.40

Total Reservation Fee: $217.80 

The Reservation Process:

If your abstract is accepted for presentation at the conference, the email you receive will contain a link to a form that must be completed. All applicants are required to complete the form and return it via email by the deadline (stated below). On this application you will have the option to decline making a presentation; however, payments for attendance will be the same as if you were making a presentation.

Application Deadline:

Applications and payments are due no later than June 15, 2017.

Payment Process:

International Interface will email an invoice along with the findings of the reviewers if your abstract is invited to participate. Invoices are required to be paid online using our secure payment gateway.  

Payment Amounts and Deadlines:

It pays to be early. International Interface must reserve the secure online access gateway – the virtual platform – in which all presentations are made. Reservations are made by the amount of participants in the conference. The sooner we reserve, the more affordable it is and we pass those savings along to you.

First Early Pmt Deadline has passed. 

$149 - Single abstract, single delegate - Deadline for Early Fee - April 11, 2017
$199 - Single abstract, single delegate - After April 11, 2017 through payment deadline of June 15, 2017

$199 - Team abstract, two or more delegates presenting - Deadline for Early Fee - April 11, 2017
$249 - Team abstract, two or more delegates presenting - After April 11, 2017 through payment deadline of June 15, 2017

$69 - Sit-In - no presentation - Deadline for Early Fee - April 11, 2017
$99 - Sit-In - no presentation - After April 11, 2017 through payment deadline of June 15, 2017


*No abstract submissions will be considered after the Submission Deadline of April 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time – US. All payments must be made no later than June 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time – US.

From Abstract to Presentation: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step One: Submit your abstract of no more than 400 words to the email address given in the Call for Presentations (CFP). During this step, your abstract will be double-blind peer reviewed. Your Abstract must arrive no later than MAY 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time – US. Please send an email with your abstract as an attachment (.doc, or .docx) to earlyedu2017@international-interface.com. In the subject line, type the word ABSTRACT.

Step Two: Open the email containing your abstract status and respond accordingly. If your abstract is accepted and you are invited to attend the conference, please move on to step three. If your abstract is hard rejected, please consider attending as a Sit-In. If your abstract is soft rejected and you would like to be reconsidered, please use the reviewer’s comments to revise your abstract and resubmit using the instructions provided in your email.

Step Three: Complete the reservation form using the link included in your acceptance email. Review the payment table (earlier=savings) and make the payment by the deadline stated in the table and as outlined above.

Step Four: You may submit your full paper by no later than August 1, 2017. This is an optional step. Abstracts only will be posted on the International-Interface website. To avoid spamming, we will not post email addresses on the site. 

Step Five: Using your official invitation email which will arrive only after the reservation form and payment is completed, log on to the virtual conference on August 17 and August 18, 2017.

Presentation Time:

Each delegate that makes a presentation has 30 minutes to complete their presentation. Once completed, the discussion period begins. Twenty minutes will be allowed for discussion. There will be a ten minute break between presentations.


Information on Conference Proceedings and Publishing:

After the conference ends, conference proceedings will be published in .PDF format and made available to everyone at no charge. These conference proceedings publications are not peer reviewed, however, the abstract was peer-reviewed. There inside cover pages of conference proceedings publications contain a statement of review, reflecting this information. All other printed materials (series, readers, journals, etc.) are peer-reviewed before publishing, by the publications editor, or an editorial team. More information on publishing will be provided to all participants as the conference begins. Please visit the Publishing page for further information.

Technical Requirements:

International Interface will host your virtual conference. There is no software or app to download; all you need is the link to the conference which you will receive in an email when both the reservation form and payment has been received. To make a presentation, you must have a webcam (or camera on a phone or tablet). Participation via telephone is available at no extra charge except for any long distance fees that your telephone service provider may charge to you. International Interface will not make provisions for equipment and all participants must provide their own equipment in order to participate. International Interface will not be responsible for any additional service charges that your Internet Service Provider or telephone service provider charges and any fees that the delegate may incur for those services are the sole responsibility of the delegate.

You only need to have a reliable internet connection, a microphone and speakers or headset to participate. You may participate from any location that provides these services (café, library, etc.). 

Prepare to log in at least 15 to 20 minutes before the scheduled start time to iron out any technical issues you may have.

Cancellations and Refunds:

Cancellations must be received in writing via email sent to cancel@international-interface.org. You must give us the title of the conference, your full name and contact information, the title of your presentation, and the reason for your cancellation. All cancellations will incur a 25% service fee. Cancellations received before 11:59 pm on March 31, 2017 will receive a full refund of the remaining 75% of paid reservation fee. Cancellations received between April 1, 2017 and April 30, 2017 will receive a 50% refund of remaining fees paid. Cancellations received between May 1, 2017 and May 31, 2017 will receive a 25% refund of remaining fees paid. No cancellations will be refunded from June 1, 2017 forward.​