In 2018, SALSA co-hosted two separate conferences in late April/early May, held in southern California at Ventura County Office of Education and also under the incredible leadership of Dr. Lygia Stebbing, in northern California at San Francisco State University. The southern California conference was co hosted with SALSA and Ventura County Office of Education, California State University Channel Islands, Child Development Resources, Child Development Incorporated, University California Santa Barbara Early Care and Education, and Santa Barbara County Office of Education. The northern California LS Conference was co hosted with SALSA and San Francisco State University, EDvance program, City of San Francisco, and the Family Childcare Network. Wendy Lee was the opening keynote speaker for both conferences. In addition, two ELP facilitators provided workshops , an New Zealand early educator provided the afternoon presentation, and a closing panel of practitioners.