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General Information about Doing What Matters for Alabama's Children


The early bird registration fee to attend the full-day conference on January 23, 2018, is $25 per person or $20 per student. The early bird rate ends on January 22, 2018. The rate for walk-ins on the day of the conference will be $40. The conference fees include handout materials, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunch. Registration fees do not include lodging which is the responsibility of the participant. Refer to the registration form for information about enrollment options and procedures. Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Some sessions may have class limits.

Treasury regulations may permit an income tax deduction for educational expenses (registration fees, travel, meals and lodging) undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills.

The University of Alabama is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please make your request for accommodation at least 30 calendar days in advance of the program date by emailing

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations received after January 10, 2018 are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be granted after the program has begun. A substitute participant may be designated in place of a registrant who cannot attend. The University of Alabama reserves the right to cancel, post-pone, limit registration or change instructors. 

Location and Lodging

The 12th Doing What Matters for Alabama's Children Conference will be held at the Bryant Conference Center, a premier learning facility located on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. Suggested lodging sites include the Hotel Capstone, which is adjacent to the Bryant Conference Center and the Hampton Inn Tuscaloosa-University, which is about one mile from the Bryant Conference Center.


From I-20/59, take the McFarland Boulevard/US 82 exit and proceed north to the University Boulevard interchange. Exit and turn right. Stay on University Boulevard down the hill and turn left on Second Avenue. Open parking will be on your left, the Bryant Conference Center complex on your right. In addition to the parking lot on Second Avenue, you may also park in the Coleman Coliseum Parking Lot, the Bryant Drive Parking Lot, and the new Soccer Field Parking Lot adjacent to University Boulevard. You will be able to ride a Green Route bus from either of these lots to Second Avenue at the Bryant Conference Center. Approximately two weeks prior to the conference start date, you will receive a parking permit. Be sure to display the document in your windshield while attending the conference.

Request for Accommodations

The University of Alabama is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Requests for accommodation of physical and/or dietary needs should be made at least 30 calendar days in advance of the program date. Please email your request to