Application Deadline | Ready to Lead


A NEW Community of Practice for newly hired early childhood administrators (less than three years experience)


Develop your Leadership Essentials. Delve into topics including the power of reflection and self-awareness, understanding your leadership style, transitioning from peer to supervisor, and productivity and project management. Participate in interactive face-to-face and online learning as well as guided reflections. Content in Ready to Lead (RTL) is aligned with the Illinois Director Credential and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

Explore the following topics:

  • From the Inside Out: The Power of Reflection and Self-Awareness
  • Leadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done
  • Transitioning from Peer to Supervisor: Practical Tips for Your New Role
  • Productivity and Project Management: Strategies for Creating a Balanced Workload





Valued at over $2,000!

  • Three institutes (see dates and locations below)
  • A Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Two Aim4Excellence online modules (available for college credit for an additional cost)
  • Illinois Director Credential (IDC) credit
  • Books, handouts, and materials

Note: This price is only for Illinois residents. Out-of-state residents, please contact Barbara Volpe at or 847-947-5132.



  • Lisle
    National Louis University — Lisle campus 850 Warrenville Road, Lisle, IL 60532

    • Thursday, April 11 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    • Friday, May 17 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    • Friday, June 14 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Chicago
    Irish American Heritage Center 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630

    • Wednesday, April 17 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    • Thursday, May 23 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    • Friday, June 21 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm





Barb Volpe at


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.