Events

Join us to improve the quality of early childhood education. As the premier national early childhood leadership organization, our faculty and staff are entrenched in the field nationwide. Through frequent presentations at national and local conferences, memberships on key boards, participation on panels, and other activities, we share the unique and vital perspective of early childhood education leaders. We also offer a variety of traveling professional learning opportunities related to the knowledge and skills encompassed in whole leadership. Explore our events below.

Leadership Connections™ National Conference

Connect with others like you at the premier national conference for decision-makers and leaders in early childhood education.

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Upcoming Events

Dec
18
Atlanta, Georgia | This event is not open to the public
The frenetic pace that characterizes the professional lives of most early childhood directors leaves little time for reflection. Yet it is through reflection that educators often gain insight into the issues and problems that confront them. This session provides a focused opportunity for participants to reflect on their administrative roles. Key to this reflective journey will be the use of metaphoric imagery.

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Jan
12
Chicago, IL
El propósito de este entrenamiento es para introducirlos a la Escala de Evaluación de la Administración de Negocios para el Cuidado de Niños en el Hogar. Esta escala les va a proveer un sistema para evaluar las necesidades de su negocio e implementar un plan de mejorías.

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Jan
15
Atlanta, Georgia | This event is not open to the public
True leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Some are outgoing and charismatic; others are quietly influential. This session explores the concept of leadership in the context of early childhood education. It looks at the multifaceted role of the center director and the skills and competencies needed to nurture leadership at all levels of an organization.

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Jan
23
Gurnee, IL
El propósito de este entrenamiento es para introducirlos a la Escala de Evaluación de la  Administración de Negocios para el Cuidado de Niños en el Hogar. Esta escala les va a proveer un sistema para evaluar las necesidades de su negocio e implementar un plan de mejorías.

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Feb
05
Atlanta, Georgia | This event is not open to the public
This session looks closely at how ten dimensions of organizational climate help shape the quality of work life for staff. Through thought-provoking questions and engaging exercises, directors will learn how to assess the organizational climate of their programs using the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey, discover why early childhood environments that meet the needs of adults are an important way to reduce turnover and foster a shared sense of commitment, and consider the unique role perspective plays in shaping work attitudes and behavior. In addition, participants will walk away with an assortment of activities and specific strategies that will help them create a great place to work.

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Feb
26
Hayward, CA | This event is not open to the public
The BAS Assessor Reliability Training provides an in-depth analysis of the items and quality indicators in the Business Administration Scale. This training is designed for individuals who want to ensure that the BAS assessments are valid, reliable, and administered consistently across programs. The training concludes with a reliability test and participants who are 85% or more reliable with the national anchors are eligible to apply for BAS Certification for an additional fee.

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Mar
05
Atlanta, Georgia | This event is not open to the public
Creating systems for ongoing quality improvement begins with recruiting the best teachers, selecting a good fit for the position and program culture, and then orientating new teachers. When recruitment is designed as a continuous process, leaders increase their ability to attract the right applicants, reduce the likelihood of unwanted turnover, and lessen the stress of filling vacant positions. This session introduces the five components of the Right Fit Approach to hiring and offers practical techniques for recruiting, interviewing, selecting, screening, and orienting new staff.

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Mar
08
Webinar (Online)
This webinar is designed for certified Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the BAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the BAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Mar
08
Webinar (Online)
This webinar is designed for certified Program Administration Scale (PAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the PAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the PAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Mar
11
Wheeling, IL
This session is designed for Illinois family child care providers who are interested in applying for ExceleRate Illinois. After completing this three-hour training, family child care providers will have a basic knowledge of the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS), be able to use the tool for program self-improvement, and know how to prepare for an ExceleRate BAS assessment.

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Mar
26
Wheeling, IL
The BAS Assessor Reliability Training provides an in-depth analysis of the items and quality indicators in the Business Administration Scale. This training is designed for individuals who want to ensure that the BAS assessments are valid, reliable, and administered consistently across programs. The training concludes with a reliability test and participants who are 85% or more reliable with the national anchors are eligible to apply for BAS Certification for an additional fee.

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Apr
09
Atlanta, Georgia | This event is not open to the public
This session looks at the importance of staff meetings as the primary vehicle for staff development and community building. Topics include an analysis of social interaction in groups and how interpersonal orientation among group members affects group functioning. A key focus is applying methods for managing meetings that achieve maximum participant satisfaction and productivity in a minimum amount of time.

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May
09
Wheeling, IL
This dynamic conference is designed to provide you with a framework to support your leadership in early care and education programs. The conference will provide you with opportunities to attend workshop sessions relevant to your complex role, network with professionals who can relate to your trials and triumphs, and be inspired by powerful specialists in our field.

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May
14
Atlanta, Georgia | This event is not open to the public
Building trust and a spirit of collaboration in early childhood programs is central to achieving high-performing work teams. Meaningful involvement in decision making is one way that trust and commitment to organizational goals can be achieved. This session presents a framework for analyzing different types of decisions in program management and how directors can move to a more participatory process in achieving organizational goals.

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Jun
11
Atlanta, Georgia | This event is not open to the public
This session provides a comprehensive, integrated model for creating a professional learning community. Through the lens of continuous quality improvement, participants learn how developmental supervision, teacher induction, individual learning plans, peer learning teams, and 360-degree feedback can help them achieve their vision of program excellence.

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Jun
14
Webinar (Online)
This webinar is designed for certified Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the BAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the BAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Jun
14
Webinar (Online)
This webinar is designed for certified Program Administration Scale (PAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the PAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the PAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Sep
13
Webinar (Online)
This webinar is designed for certified Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the BAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the BAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Sep
13
Webinar (Online)
This webinar is designed for certified Program Administration Scale (PAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the PAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the PAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Sep
16
Wheeling, IL
The PAS Assessor Reliability Training provides an in-depth analysis of the items and quality indicators in the Program Administration Scale. This training is designed for individuals who want to ensure that the PAS assessments are valid, reliable, and administered consistently across programs. The training concludes with a reliability test and participants who are 85% or more reliable with the national anchors are eligible to apply for PAS Certification for an additional fee.

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Oct
15
Wheeling, IL
The BAS Assessor Reliability Training provides an in-depth analysis of the items and quality indicators in the Business Administration Scale. This training is designed for individuals who want to ensure that the BAS assessments are valid, reliable, and administered consistently across programs. The training concludes with a reliability test and participants who are 85% or more reliable with the national anchors are eligible to apply for BAS Certification for an additional fee.

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Dec
13
Webinar (Online)
This webinar is designed for certified Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the BAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the BAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Dec
13
Webinar (Online)
This webinar is designed for certified Program Administration Scale (PAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the PAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the PAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Online Events

Jan
01
Online
This brief and insightful online module covers a variety of topics related to coaching. You will discover foundational and practical information to guide your journey as a coach in early childhood education. This module is part 3 of the Continuous Quality Improvement module series.

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Jan
01
Online
This module will introduce how change influences people and processes. You will explore many aspects of continuous quality improvement, see what it looks like in action, and investigate the four steps in the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Cycle. This module is part 1 of the Continuous Quality Improvement module series.

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Jan
01
Online
This module will introduce you to the benefits of collaborative adult learning, as well as the foundational elements required to design collaborative learning experiences. It will explore the differences between two types of collaborative learning: communities of practice and cohorts. In the end, you will become more effective at guiding adult learners and influencing positive change. This module is part 2 of the Continuous Quality Improvement module series.

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Jan
01
Online
This package consists of three Continuous Quality Improvement modules, totaling nine professional development clock hours upon completion.

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Apr
02
Online
This online module is designed to provide you with an overview of the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). Learn how formal assessment of your business and professional practices can help you identify program strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the BAS measures, have the opportunity […]

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Apr
06
Online
This online module looks at leadership as a way of thinking about your role and the important work you do on behalf of children and families. You’ll learn about the importance of self-awareness and understanding your core values as you identify your unique leadership style. You’ll be introduced to a model of facilitative leadership as […]

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Apr
15
Online
This online module is designed to provide Illinois family child care providers with an overview of the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). Learn how formal assessment of your business and professional practices can help you identify program strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the BAS measures, […]

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Apr
18
Online
This online module is designed to provide you with an overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Learn how formal assessment can help you identify strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the PAS measures, have the opportunity to practice scoring, prep for a formal assessment, and learn […]

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Jun
05
Online
Successful employment practices are a critical component of administering high-quality early care and education programs. This online module provides a framework for effective recruitment, selection, and orientation practices. You will experience a shift in paradigm from thinking of recruitment as a dreaded event to a continuous process of community outreach. You’ll learn about “right fit” […]

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Jun
12
Online
This online module is designed to provide Illinois early childhood leaders with an overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Learn how formal assessment can help you identify strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the PAS measures, have the opportunity to practice scoring, prep for a formal assessment, […]

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Jul
05
Online
The heart of effective staff relations is recognizing and appreciating individual differences. This online module provides a comprehensive model for supervising staff, promoting their ongoing professional development, and creating a strengths-based team. You’ll learn about the importance of tailoring your supervisory style and professional development strategies to the individualized needs of each staff member, how […]

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Aug
02
Online
This online module introduces you to operations management and looks at the director’s critical role in managing the day-to-day operations of the program. You’ll learn about the necessary components of effective operations management including: systems and the importance of systems thinking; stakeholder analysis and management; the strategic planning process; how systems, policies, and procedures are […]

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Sep
05
Online
This online module examines the key issues pertinent to managing a fiscally responsible early childhood business. You’ll study the legal requirements and tax implications that relate to the operation of programs with differing ownership status. You’ll be introduced to the language of accounting and work with budgets, calculations, and financial reports to practice making informed […]

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Oct
04
Online
This online module considers the importance of the physical environment in early childhood programs. It begins with an overview of the essential elements of environments and how to design and equip indoor and outdoor environments to support children’s development and learning. You’ll then learn how to ensure that the environment welcomes all children and adults, […]

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Nov
06
Online
Supporting children’s development and learning is at the heart of why early childhood programs exist. In this online module, you’ll learn about the interactive environment, how to ensure continuity of care, and the advantages and disadvantages of different grouping and staffing patterns. You’ll then examine the many facets of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) and the […]

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Dec
05
Online
This online module will help you work with families in ways that empower them to partner fully with your program and become skilled, effective first educators of their children. It begins with an overview of the essential components of family-centered early childhood programming. You’ll explore the director’s role in planning and implementing family involvement programs, […]

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Dec
26
Online
Program evaluation plays an important role in the administration of high-quality early care and education programs. This online module provides a framework for understanding and implementing effective evaluation practices. You’ll learn how to select appropriate evaluation tools to achieve your program goals. You’ll learn how to implement continuous quality improvement, the leadership practice of assessing […]

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