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
03
Webinar
Whether your program has been in continuous operations or has been closed due to the pandemic, maintaining staff capacity has been a significant challenge! Join us as we discuss strategies that many early childhood program leaders have implemented to either maintain or rebuild their staff capacity to support program operations.

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Jun
05
Webinar
This webinar will help participants better understand how to create and improve their website, as well as develop a social media voice through goal-oriented posts to the "right" network. Key website benefits, essential website content, social media campaign structure, creating a brand voice, Facebook, Twitter, and several other topics are covered.

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Jun
08
Webinar
Tom Copeland is the nation’s leading expert on the business of family child care. He is an independent consultant, trainer, author, and family child care advocate. Since 1981, Tom has helped hundreds of thousands of people understand complex business and tax issues. Join us to learn how to navigate your ECE program through these difficult times to reduce the financial impact. Tom will address the pressing questions of unemployment, what you should do if you receive an SBA forgivable loan, and what changes in your policies you may want to consider.

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Jun
10
Webinar
This webinar will assist early childhood leaders to recognize and apply the concepts of motivation theory to support staff as they continue to move forward. This will include identifying strategies to support a positive work environment with embedded norms of communication and collaboration. Join us to learn more as you guide your program beyond the pandemic.

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Jun
12
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
12
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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Jun
15
Webinar
Susan MacDonald is passionate about inspiring positive change in the early childhood field. Her expertise is reflected in her professional speaking, coaching, and books, Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership and Inspiring Professional Growth. Susan is the founder of Inspiring New Perspectives. Join us to explore new ways to raise your energy level, and gain an in-depth understanding of Appreciative Inquiry and the current positive psychology research on developing strengths-based strategies for living and working in uncertainty.

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Jun
17
Webinar
This webinar will help early childhood leaders understand how to apply systems thinking as program operations are adjusting in the coming weeks and months due to the pandemic. Leadership strategies will be shared to provide a springboard of system thinking considerations as you individualize program operations beyond the pandemic.

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Jun
22
Webinar
Cynthia D. Jackson leads the Educare Learning Network—a generative, coast-to-coast network of high-quality birth-to-five schools that function as innovative learning labs for the field of ECE. The webinar will highlight how we cope and help families and children cope with the new realities. We will also share learned experiences about re-opening from early childhood program providers who have already embarked on the journey.

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Jun
29
Webinar
Geania is a consultant at Arkansas State Childhood Services; the principal of dot2dot consulting, LLC; and a member of the McCormick Center’s Advisory Board. Geania has over 27 years of experience in the ECE field and her recent endeavors include facilitation of the Arkansas State Board of Education’s Family and Community Engagement Taskforce and work highlighting the tribulations of the ECE workforce. These days, her favorite quote is, “In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.” Join us to reflect on strategies that will help guide you through these chaotic times, both personally and professionally.

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Aug
18
Belleville, IL
A Community of Practice (CoP) for recently hired early childhood administrators (1 day to 5 years experience) Delve into topics including: the power of self-awareness and reflection, understanding your leadership style, transitioning from peer to supervisor, and productivity and project management. Participate in interactive face-to-face learning as well as guided reflections, and the option for online learning content in Ready to Lead (RTL) is aligned with the Illinois Director Credential and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

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Aug
20
Bloomington, IL
A Community of Practice (CoP) for recently hired early childhood administrators (1 day to 5 years experience) Develop your Leadership Essentials. Delve into topics including: the power of self-awareness and reflection, understanding your leadership style, transitioning from peer to supervisor, and productivity and project management. Participate in interactive face-to-face learning as well as guided reflections, and the option for online learning content in Ready to Lead (RTL) is aligned with the Illinois Director Credential and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

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Sep
11
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
11
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
21
Wheeling, IL
This leadership development program for Illinois center directors will empower your inner leader. Through engaging in-depth workshop sessions you’ll explore topics that will help you strengthen your leadership style and learn how to build peer learning teams that promote peak performance, foster a culture of continuous quality improvement and build a strong organizational climate.

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Sep
29
Belleville, IL
A Community of Practice (CoP) for recently hired early childhood administrators (1 day to 5 years experience) Delve into topics including: the power of self-awareness and reflection, understanding your leadership style, transitioning from peer to supervisor, and productivity and project management. Participate in interactive face-to-face learning as well as guided reflections, and the option for online learning content in Ready to Lead (RTL) is aligned with the Illinois Director Credential and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

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Oct
01
Bloomington, IL
A Community of Practice (CoP) for recently hired early childhood administrators (1 day to 5 years experience) Develop your Leadership Essentials. Delve into topics including: the power of self-awareness and reflection, understanding your leadership style, transitioning from peer to supervisor, and productivity and project management. Participate in interactive face-to-face learning as well as guided reflections, and the option for online learning content in Ready to Lead (RTL) is aligned with the Illinois Director Credential and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

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Oct
05
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
10
Wheeling, IL
Learn strategies to grow and sustain your business with Taking the Lead (TTL). Work alongside other family child care providers to enhance your skills as an entrepreneur and educator.

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Oct
19
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
27
Belleville, IL
A Community of Practice (CoP) for recently hired early childhood administrators (1 day to 5 years experience) Delve into topics including: the power of self-awareness and reflection, understanding your leadership style, transitioning from peer to supervisor, and productivity and project management. Participate in interactive face-to-face learning as well as guided reflections, and the option for online learning content in Ready to Lead (RTL) is aligned with the Illinois Director Credential and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

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Oct
29
Bloomington, IL
A Community of Practice (CoP) for recently hired early childhood administrators (1 day to 5 years experience) Develop your Leadership Essentials. Delve into topics including: the power of self-awareness and reflection, understanding your leadership style, transitioning from peer to supervisor, and productivity and project management. Participate in interactive face-to-face learning as well as guided reflections, and the option for online learning content in Ready to Lead (RTL) is aligned with the Illinois Director Credential and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

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Nov
07
Wheeling, IL
Learn strategies to grow and sustain your business with Taking the Lead (TTL). Work alongside other family child care providers to enhance your skills as an entrepreneur and educator.

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Nov
11
Wheeling, IL
This leadership development program for Illinois center directors will empower your inner leader. Through engaging in-depth workshop sessions you’ll explore topics that will help you strengthen your leadership style and learn how to build peer learning teams that promote peak performance, foster a culture of continuous quality improvement and build a strong organizational climate.

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Dec
11
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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Dec
11
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
19
Wheeling, IL
Learn strategies to grow and sustain your business with Taking the Lead (TTL). Work alongside other family child care providers to enhance your skills as an entrepreneur and educator.

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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 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
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
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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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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