2017 Leadership Connections™ National Conference


05.18.2017 through 05.21.2017


Westin Chicago North Shore
601 N Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, IL 60090
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Training/Event Description:

Leadership Connections brings together early childhood administrators, family child care providers, trainers, technical assistance specialists, consultants, college instructors, researchers, and policymakers to hear inspiring keynote speakers, take part in a public policy forum, attend skill-building sessions, and network with other leaders in the field.

Last year, in the conference’s 16th year, 624 leaders representing 37 states and 3 countries joined us. 

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This year’s schedule is full of inspiring speakers, timely topics, information-packed sessions, networking, and opportunities to meet leaders in the field.



Choose to attend any session in any of the eight tracks: Administrative Leadership, Early Childhood Policy, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Essentials, Social Emotional Development, Professional Well-Being, Supervision, Coaching, Mentorship, and Technology



The national experts selected for Leadership Connections design their sessions with attendees in mind. They come from a variety of backgrounds and hail from dozens of states.



Leadership Connections is held at the luxurious Westin Chicago North Shore, located at 601 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 60090.

Rooms are filled up at the conference hotel, an overflow hotel has been established at, Courtyard Chicago Glenview/Northbrook. The hotel is 4.9 miles from the conference hotel, about a 10 minute trip and shuttle service is available upon request.  The McCormick center rate at this hotel is $109/night plus tax.  Reservations can be made by clicking the button below. 

Room Reservations
The Westin Chicago North Shore is approximately 15 miles from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. For the most economical price, we recommend American Taxi for your ride from O’Hare to the Westin. Call 847.253.4411. The fare is approximately $28


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Your local child care resource and referral agency may have scholarship funds available to assist with your registration or tuition costs for this event. Find your local CCR&R.