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.

Upcoming Events

Jun
23
Webinar
Are administrators prepared when conflict arises? Consider ways to help them create work environments conducive to successful conflict resolution by building strong learning communities and good working relationships. These working relationships are the foundation for effective conflict resolution.

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Jun
24
Webinar
Leaders are visionaries. How can you help them define and clearly articulate their own values, discover the values held by their staff and families, and develop a plan to build a shared vision? This session will provide strategies for helping administrators work with staff and families to create and focus on the mission and vision of their centers. You will also have time to reflect on your own values and generate a vision for your work as a coach.

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Aug
20
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
Well-trained and experienced staff are the key to early childhood program quality and healthy child development. Skills in recruitment, interviewing, screening, selecting, and orienting new teachers are ones that every director needs. This session breaks down the recruitment, selection, and orientation process into manageable components and suggests practical and effective techniques to help directors find competent and capable teachers for their program.

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Oct
15
Webinar | 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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Oct
16
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
One of the most critical, but often disliked, parts of running a successful family child care program is having sound fiscal management practices in place. This session includes an overview of recordkeeping and money management. Using best practices from the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) as a guide, Participants will learn how recordkeeping and money monitoring practices can significantly increase the sustainability of their business.

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Oct
30
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
One of the most critical, but often disliked, parts of running a successful family child care program is having sound fiscal management practices in place. This session includes an overview of recordkeeping and money management. Using best practices from the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) as a guide, Participants will learn how recordkeeping and money monitoring practices can significantly increase the sustainability of their business.

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Dec
10
Webinar | 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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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 module assists a program leader in understanding the vital role played in creating and sustaining program excellence.

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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
This module increases a program leader’s understanding of and ability to implement effective, ethical, and lawful employment practices.

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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
This module assists a program leader to understand the central role they play in supervising staff and building a learning community by guiding teachers to become reflective practitioners.

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Aug
02
Online
This module expands a program leader’s understanding of systems thinking to evaluate and implement efficient, strategic, and important management systems to alleviate risk within the early childhood program setting.

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Sep
05
Online
This module introduces the program leader with the decisions regarding the program’s organizational structure, its finances, and the way of caring for existing and prospective customers.

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Oct
04
Online
This module will strengthen your program and leadership capacity as you plan, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments for infants, toddlers, pre-K, and school-age children to create the highest quality setting for children, families, and staff to thrive.

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Nov
06
Online
This module will build your program capacity to advance children’s development and learning by providing leadership to establish and strengthen staff competencies for teaching and caregiving.

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Dec
05
Online
This module will increase your leadership influence, activate strategies to promote family engagement, strengthen connections between family, program, and community resources.

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Dec
26
Online
This module focuses on the critical role that a program leader provides by modelling for staff and demonstrating to facilities, a program’s commitment to ongoing inquiry and quality improvement.

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Apr
18
Oak Park, IL | This event is not open to the public
Session 7 | April | Implementing and Documenting Quality Improvement | Advocacy Communication Tools

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Feb
03
Webinar
This virtual, six* session institute is specifically designed for those in technical assistance (TA) roles, including coaches, mentors, consultants, who support early childhood administrators in improving the quality of their programs. The Transformative TA Institute is focused on how to use the PAS as a tool for providing technical assistance. *There is an optional two hour pre-Institute session available to provide an overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) for participants with limited experience with the PAS. If you have not been trained to reliability on the tool, or have not used it extensively this session is a necessary foundation for the Transformative TA Institute.

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