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

May
01
Indianapolis, IN
This session will help you look at your program in terms of dimensions of organizational climate: collegiality, opportunities for professional growth, supervisor support, clarity, reward system, decision making, goal consensus, task orientation, physical setting, and innovation.

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May
02
Indianapolis, IN
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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May
23
Santa Ana, CA | 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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May
31
Wheeling, IL
Leading an organization through change that drives continuous quality improvement is a complex job, so become a member of the Taking Charge of Change family. This constantly evolving, year-long leadership development program is sure to empower and inspire you to embrace the change process. Explore relevant topics that will help you strengthen your leadership style, promote peak performance, implement a quality improvement plan, and build a strong organizational climate.

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May
31
Wheeling, IL
Several trainers from across the country (Illinois excluded) are selected each year to participate in the Director’s Toolbox Training-for-Trainers initiative. Participants attend our Taking Charge of Change™ (TCC) institute held in August at our training facility in Wheeling, Illinois. The trainers are active participants in the institute while they learn the content of Director’s Toolbox Management Series. Playing this dual role helps ensure they understand the curriculum from both the participants’ and trainers’ perspectives.

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Jun
08
Webinar
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
08
Webinar
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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Jun
11
Austin, TX
This session will be held at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute. This session will explore how Illinois and Colorado used statewide surveys to better understand their workforce needs and vulnerabilities. From the survey data, both states identified challenges related to hiring and retaining staff. The presentation will highlight the data and recommend strategies to mitigate turnover. Strategies shared will focus on developing directors/administrators and wage supplement programs for early childhood professionals. Participants will discuss how the Illinois and Colorado strategies may be applied to their states and localities.

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Jun
12
Austin, TX
This session will be held at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute. A nurturing heart is an essential part of family child care, but quality care is hard to sustain without sound business and professional practices in place. The Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) was designed as a tool to measure and guide such practices. This session will include an update on national norms, an overview of changes to the second edition, and interactive activities on how to incorporate the BAS into leadership academies and QRIS. 

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Jun
13
Austin, TX
This session will be held at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute. Revitalize coaching, teaching, and family partnerships with research-based, development-fostering strategies that boost toddlers' language skills, strengthen social-emotional competence, and scaffold self-directed behavior regulation. Meet the unique needs of toddlers within a framework of resilience-promoting, child-centered guidance that will reorient your practice and radically change outcomes for children.

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Jun
19
Bristol, CT | 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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Sep
07
Webinar
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
07
Webinar
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
11
Tuscaloosa, AL | 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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Sep
24
Wheeling, IL
This multi-day training is intended for those whose goal is research, evaluation, or monitoring quality with the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Organizational assessments used for quality rating systems, program evaluations, or pre/post intervention studies depend on valid and reliable data collection methodologies. The PAS 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 PAS assessments are valid, reliable, and administered consistently across programs. The training concludes with a reliability test. Participants who are reliable with the national anchors are eligible for PAS certification.

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Oct
16
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
14
Webinar
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
14
Webinar
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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Ongoing Events

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
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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Jul
17
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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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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Aug
14
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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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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