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Leadership Initiative Events

Throughout the year, a variety of events are offered to the membership to encourage networking, collaborations and learning experiences among peers. We offer a Speaker Series, Leadership Panel Discussions and a myriad of workshops to inspire considerations on leadership in early childhood education.

Upcoming events on this page are limited to our publicly advertised events. Member-only events such as Networking events and Book Group discussions will only appear in the "Past Events" section.

Upcoming Events

Survive to Thrive Webinar, June 27th

From Survive to Thrive: Conclusion - Balancing Act - Managing Your Role as the Director

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, June 6th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 9 - Center Enrollment

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, May 2nd

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 8: Working with Families

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, April 4th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 7 - Staffing

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Book Group: Set Boundaries, Find Peace

Join other early childhood leaders as we identify strategies to use for a more productive and balanced life with healthy communication and established expectations. 

Sessions Available
Thursday, March 2nd, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, March 9th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Networking Afternoons

Join your peers for great conversations. Share your challenges and successes.

Sessions Available Between Wednesday, February 22nd 2023 and Wednesday, August 23rd 2023

Networking Evenings, 2nd Monday of Month

An opportunity for leaders from all modalities to connect with one another.

Sessions Available Between Monday, February 13th 2023 and Monday, August 14th 2023

Evening Leadership Networking

Networking groups provide an open space for early childhood leaders to join together to collaborate by sharing thoughts, successes and challenges.

Sessions Available

Survive to Thrive Webinar, February 7th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 5 - Program Curriculum

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Past Events

Networking Afternoons

What's on your mind? Bring your wonderings and connect with your peers.

Wednesday, January 25th 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Monday Evening Networking for January 2023

Meet your peers and engage in great conversations at our new evening groups

Monday, January 16th 2023 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Book Group: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown Part 2

Monday, January 9th 2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, January 3rd

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 4 - Budget and Finances

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Coffee and Connections

Join our celebration!  Coffee and Connections just for you!

Wednesday, December 7th 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, December 6th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 3 - Achieving and Maintaining Program Quality

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Capital Region Networking Group

Wednesday, November 30th 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Registration Closed

Book Group: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown Part 1

Courageous Leadership: "Daring Greatly and Rising Strong at Work."

 

Thursday, November 10th 2022 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, November 1st

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 2 - Program Context and Culture

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

Leave a Legacy: Cultivating a New Generation of Early Childhood Leaders

An important role of any leader is growing and nurturing the development of up-and-coming leaders within the field. Leaders with innovative succession planning practices cultivate a new generation of leaders by strategically creating opportunities for employees to explore leadership responsibilities. Hear from a panel of experienced early childhood leaders on how to:

· Plan leadership development for the next generation

· Establish a strategic process for succession planning

· Leverage succession planning as a staff retention tool

· Explore the technical and adaptive challenges of succession planning

Thursday, October 27th 2022 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Capital Region Networking Group

Please join us to engage in great conversations with other early childhood leaders in our area. 

Wednesday, October 26th 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, October 4th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 1 - What Does it Mean to Be a Director?

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

An Interview with Rhian Evans Allvin

Join us! We are honored to host Rhian Evans Allvin for this special state-wide edition of the Leadership Initiative Speaker Series. Come to learn about Rhian's exciting journey as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She served the NAEYC community for over a decade, supporting an increase in membership and bringing strong leadership to the policy advocacy arm of NAEYC's work. During Rhian's tenure, NAEYC released three position statements on equity in early childhood education and convened the Power to the Profession initiative. We'll have the opportunity to learn more about Rhian's leadership philosophy, lessons learned, and her insight on our field at this event. We hope to see you there!  

Wednesday, September 28th 2022 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Capital Region Networking Group

What's on your mind? Come chat with peers and examine your wonderings together.

Wednesday, September 28th 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Registration Closed

An Evening Book Group: Latina Empowerment Through Leadership

Join us for an evening book discussion to feel inspired as we examine the compilation of 8 individual stories of empowerment. Free books will be sent to participants. 

Wednesday, September 7th 2022 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Registration Closed

Capital Region Networking Group

Join our monthly networking events for great conversations and connections.

Wednesday, August 24th 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Registration Closed

Information Session #5

Meet with us to learn more about the Leadership Initiative and how you can join us to engage with peers and develop professionally.

Wednesday, July 27th 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Registration Closed

Capital Region Networking Group

Wednesday, July 20th 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Registration Closed

Networking Event

Connect, Collaborate, Build Communities

Wednesday, June 22nd 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Registration Closed

Book Group: Graceful Leadership by Ann Terrell

Sessions Available


Tuesday, June 14th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday, June 28th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

"Best Business Practices for a Profitable Child Care Program: The True Cost of Care:

The Capital District Leadership Initiative is pleased to bring you this opportunity for you to develop your core business practices. Join Erica Chase-Gregory, Regional Director of the Small Business Center at Farmingdale, as she leads a 3-part professional learning community geared for home-based childcare programs.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2022 - Tuesday, May 31st 2022

Best Business Practices for a Profitable Child Care: The True Cost of Care

The Capital Region is pleased to bring you this opportunity to develop your core business practices. Join Erica Chase-Gregory, Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale, as she leads this 3-part learning community.

Sessions Available
Tuesday, May 3rd, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 17th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 31st, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Leadership Initiative Information Sessions

The Leadership Initiative has officially launched in the Capital District region! Come to one of our virtual information sessions to learn how the Leadership Initiative can support you in your work as a leader of early childhood programs in our region. All current and aspiring leaders are welcome to attend. Learn about our various professional development opportunities, resources to support you, as well as how to stay connected and become a member. The first 10 individuals to complete a Leadership Initiative profile will receive a free NAEYC membership (details will be shared at the info session!)  Also please come to share with us your unique perspectives and needs as a leader and which supports would be most helpful to you. 

Sessions Available Between Thursday, March 31st 2022 and Monday, May 30th 2022

Quiet Voice- Fearless Leader

We welcome Terrance Lee to join us and speak to his work on core leadership principles that can enhance our stance as leaders. He will share thoughtful insights on being identified as an "introvert" and the misconception that this attribute prevents one from becoming an "ideal" leader. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their stance as a leader, hear about principles that can enhance their daily practice in a leadership role, and learn about the inner power introverts bring to every team.

Tuesday, February 15th 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Introduction to the Revised Early Learning Guidelines- for Leaders

The Institute is hosting a professional development offering: Introduction to the Revised New York State Early Learning Guidelines: A Child Development Resource for Educators of Children Ages Birth Through Eight. These sessions are designed specifically for Directors and other leaders of early childhood programs. This professional development session will provide an overview of the shifts within this new and improved version of the New York State Early Learning Guidelines. A specific focus will be provided on utilizing this resource as a leader in your program and supporting its use among your staff. 

Choose one of the session dates and times that works for you. 

Sessions Available Between Monday, July 19th 2021 and Tuesday, August 31st 2021

Registration Closed

Making Impact: Strengthen Your Voice, Your Message, and Your Story-telling

Join us for this special two-part Leadership Speaker Series event, featuring Abby Thorman.

"Making Impact: Strengthen Your Voice, Your Message, and Your Story-telling"

As professionals and leaders we have responsibility to use our experience and knowledge to inform and influence others about appropriate practices and the needs of the early childhood field (Core Body of Knowledge 6.6).
Abby will explore and help attendees understand the skills and components of effective storytelling for early childhood advocacy. Part 1 on May 26th will cover crafting effective messages, using those messages for advocacy, and strategies to achieve power in numbers. Join us again on June 3rd in an interactive session with Abby to hone those message-making skills with opportunities for feedback and strategizing.

Sessions Available
Wednesday, May 26th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 3rd, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Registration Closed

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