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

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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Sep
26
Addison, 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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Oct
02
Wheeling, IL | 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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Oct
06
Chicago, IL
This interactive session will explore how early childhood educators and leaders can improve family engagement in their programs and communities. Dr. Abel will discuss evidence-based models to foster family engagement in early childhood programs and create and organizational culture that welcomes family participation in learning activities. Examples of cross-sector strategies for collaboration in communities will be presented. Participants will consider implementing policies and practices that honor differing family structures, involving parents in the decisions related to their children, and consistently soliciting feedback from family members about the quality of their experiences.

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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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Oct
18
Peoria, IL
Digital marketing is a powerful way to build your early childhood business and strengthen your connections with families. This session will walk you through effective techniques to build your business, including how to reach new families and engage with current families through social media, your website, and search engines. Join us for a hands-on workshop with actionable steps that will teach you the digital marketing skills you need to develop a lasting brand presence for your program.

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Oct
19
Peoria, IL
Participants will explore the attitudes, dispositions, and prejudices that occur in early childhood education and examine their own practices. They will consider successful models for changing organizational climates to improve family engagement. Through interpersonal activities, they will collaboratively develop ideas that could be implemented in their communities for supporting sustained family engagement from birth through the primary grades.

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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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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
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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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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Ongoing Events

Apr
01
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
02
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
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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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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