What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

You may cancel your conference registration by midnight on September 30th and receive a 50% refund. Beginning October 1st, no refunds will be permitted. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax a cancellation notice to 208-885-6085.

You are responsible for canceling your hotel reservation by calling the Coeur d’Alene Resort at 800-688-5253.

What's the closest airport?

The Coeur d’Alene Resort is 40 minutes east of the Spokane International Airport (GEG).

Airlines: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United/United Express, US Airways

What is the National Registry Alliance Conference?

The annual National Registry Alliance Conference brings together individuals who work to focus on best practices for states that operate state early childhood and school-age workforce registries.

Who attends the TNRA Conference?

The alliance conference is for policymakers and professionals who work in the field of early learning and afterschool in state and regional registries, institutions of higher education, state education departments, training institutions, and others interested in how we can use workforce data to inform our field to improve policies and practices in serving children. The audience is diverse but represents the heart of those who most care about the work of serving children and improving outcomes. The various perspectives help to frame our work to better articulate how we can make a positive difference for children birth to five and afterschool through those who work and serve them daily.

What is a Registry?

A registry ultimately helps to provide high-quality learning experiences for young children and contains data about the child care and afterschool workforce such as employment history, credentials earned and college courses/training obtained. Policymakers examine registry information to understand and meet the needs of child care and afterschool providers.

What is included in the conference rate?

All materials for a successful conference plus breakfast, lunch, and beverage service each day, and admittance to all events including the Coeur d’Alene Casino Cultural Dinner, the Auction Reception, and Mish-an-Nock Luncheon Cruise.

What is on the conference agenda?

The pre-conference will be held on Tuesday, October 15th and the conference begins Wednesday morning, October 16th. Conference

Both the Pre-conference Agenda and the Conference Agenda are available for download. 

Schedules are subject to change.

What other events will be featured at the Conference?

All conference-related events are onsite or free transportation is provided.

Coeur d’Alene Casino Cultural Dinner Event

Wednesday Evening

Take a shuttle to the Coeur d’Alene Casino to experience a unique cultural event with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The evening will start off with a reception, followed by stories, a traditional tribal dinner, and entertainment by the Shooting Stars Tribal Dancers. Enjoy grilled elk sirloin with a wild huckleberry relish, smoked Columbia River Salmon, wild rice pilaf with wild morel mushrooms, wild roasted baby white carrots, fry bread with butter, honey comb, and wild huckleberry jam, and huckleberry cheese cake. Take some time to enjoy gaming and other amenities available at the Coeur d’Alene Casino before and after the event. Various shuttle departures will allow for additional time to experience all the casino has to offer.

Action Reception

Thursday Late Afternoon

Bid on baskets that other registries prepared from their states. Proceeds go to The National Registry Alliance.

State Registries; don’t forget to start planning your basket for the Silent Auction. It’s always fun to see what each state puts together.

Mish-an-Nock Luncheon Cruise

Friday Afternoon

Board the Coeur d’Alene Cruise Fleet’s, Mish-an-Nock, for an afternoon Luncheon Cruise. The Mish-an-Nock, built in 1968 and recently remodeled by Captain Fred Finney, is 107 feet long, 33 feet wide, and powered by two 165-horse Cat Diesel engines with total horsepower of 330.

At the beginning of the luncheon cruise, the National Registry Alliance will host the Town Hall Meeting. This will be followed by an afternoon on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene to Beauty Bay to watch the beginning of the annual return of the bald eagles to the Northern Idaho region.

What is the dress code for the Conference?

Temperatures for North Idaho in October can range from mid 50’s to lower 40’s. Dressing in casual layers is recommended.

What is a buddy pass?

A buddy pass allows attendees to bring a friend or family member to any of the conference special events including: Coeur d’Alene Casino Cultural Dinner, Auction Reception, and Mish-an-Nock Luncheon Cruise.

The pricing for the Buddy Pass is as follows:

  • Coeur d’Alene Casino Cultural Dinner: $65
  • Auction Reception: $20
  • Mish-an-Nock Luncheon Cruise: $40

Are conference sponsorship opportunities available?

Yes. The 2012 TNRA Conference would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors. We offer various sponsorship packages and appreciate any level of contribution you are willing to make support the individuals who work to professionalize the early childhood and school-age field throughout our nation. For more information, please contact Jenny Coan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 208-885-6087

About Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d'Alene is a world-class resort city where everyone is welcome! Visitors from all over the world enjoy its beautiful green forests, sparkling lakes, its nationally-recognized golf course, mountain sports, and other outdoor recreation. Coeur d'Alene is a destination that is easy to get to but hard to leave.

Fun Facts about Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The Coeur d'Alene area is surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers of the ice age. There are more than 55 lakes within easy driving distance of Coeur d'Alene, but none more scenic and full of activities than Lake Coeur d'Alene itself.

Coeur d’Alene offers many colorful stories from its past. The Native American Indians lived for thousands of years in North Idaho as the Schee-Chu-Umsh. French explorers and fur traders arrived in the early 19th century and discovered the natural wealth of the area, but found the natives to be sharp traders. Because of their shrewd trading practices, they earned the name Coeur d’Alene, loosely translated to “heart of the awl”, a testimony to the tribe’s sharp negotiating skills.

Coeur d'Alene enjoys a rich history. Fort Sherman, around which a young Coeur d'Alene grew, was established in 1878. When gold was discovered on Prichard Creek in 1883, many settlers arrived in the area. Steamboat traffic began to flourish on Lake Coeur d'Alene in 1889 when lakes and rivers were used to move supplies to mining and lumber camps. Area waterways were also used to transport logs to mills.

Its rich silver and gold mining and logging brought jobs, wealth, and prosperity to our lake side city for decades. The city became a popular tourist destination when electric trains brought residents of Spokane, Washington to enjoy the parks, beaches, and excursion boats. However, once past the prolific logging and mining boom, Coeur d’Alene bloomed as “Your Lakeside Playground”. Steamboats plied Lake Coeur d’Alene delivering ore, wood, and soldiers to the north shore of the lake. You will still see similar boats on the lake, now used as dinner and sightseeing opportunities for visitors.