Leadership Connections National Conference

Connect with others like you. Leadership Connections™ National Conference, the premier national conference for decision-makers and leaders in early childhood education, brings together key stakeholders interested in early childhood leadership, including early childhood administrators, family child care providers, trainers, coaches, technical assistance specialists, consultants, college instructors, researchers, and policymakers. Come hear stimulating keynote speakers, take part in a public policy forum, attend skill-building sessions, and network with other leaders in the field.

The conference has been held annually since 2001.

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Make plans to join us May 9-11 in Wheeling, Illinois, for the 2019 Leadership Connections National Conference! This year’s line-up of thought leaders includes Libby Doggett, Walter Gilliam, Myra Jones-Taylor, and Susan MacDonald.

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Many wonderful conferences exist, but Leadership Connections is the only national conference with a singular focus on the needs of early childhood administrators. If your target audience is decision-makers and leaders in early childhood education, this is the conference they attend. Contact Mike Abel to see how we can partner.

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Exhibit or advertise

Showcase your product or service at Leadership Connections, the national conference for leaders in early childhood education. Booths, tables, and digital ads are all available for the 2019 conference. Connect one-on-one with decision-makers in the Marketplace (exhibit hall). Or, reach attendees digitally through ads in the conference app or digital program book. Contact Mike Abel to get started.

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Visionary Leadership Awardees

Learn from visionaries in our field. Each year, an exceptional pioneer in the early childhood education field receives the Visionary Leadership Award at Leadership Connections National Conference. Past awardees include:

  • Wanda Newell
  • Roger and Bonnie Neugebauer
  • Anne Mitchell
  • Gwen Morgan
  • Ed Greene
  • Sharon Lynn Kagan
  • Lilian Katz
  • Louis Derman-Sparks
  • Ronald Lally
  • Sue Bredekamp
  • Joan Lombardi
  • Marcy Whitebook
  • Linda Smith
  • Barbara Bowman

2018 Leadership Connections: Building Brighter Futures

Thank you for joining us May 10-12, 2018, in Wheeling, Illinois!

Our founder, Paula Jorde Bloom, created Leadership Connections National Conference as a place where early childhood professionals from across the country (and around the world) could connect and learn together in an interactive experience unlike any other. This year’s theme “Building Brighter Futures” focused on how we as the early childhood community could affect change to make the lives of children and families better.

Get a glimpse of the 2018 conference by reading the recap and exploring #lcnc18 on Twitter.

View the 2018 Program Book


2018 Featured Speakers

Walter Gilliam, Opening Keynote

Barbara Bowman, Visionary Leadership Awardee

Luis Hernandez, Pre-conference Presenter

Janis Keyser, Pre-conference Presenter

Judy Jablon, Pre-conference Presenter

Dana Suskind, Closing Keynote

College Credit Available

College credit through National Louis University (NLU) is available for Leadership Connections National Conference at an additional cost. Scholarships and financial aid may be available to help you cover the cost.

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