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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

Coffee and Connections

Join us for an in-person opportunity to meet other leaders. Support, celebrate, and inspire each other as we relax with a cup of coffee.

Thursday, March 21st 2024 10:30am - 12:00pm

Effective Business Practices for Profitable Child Care: The True Cost of Care

The Leadership Initiative is pleased to bring you a valuable opportunity to develop your core business practices. Join Erica Chase-Gregory​, Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale, as she leads a 3-part professional learning community where you will:  

  • Build a strong business foundation
  • Evaluate how legal structures and tax rules impact your business
  • Calculate the true cost of care for each child in your program 
  • Analyze market rate and what it means for your business
  • Create a record keeping and budgeting system
  • Identify community resources to support next steps in making informed business decisions 

Please note this event has a limited number of seats and is exclusive for family child care and group family child care Leadership Initiative members. 

Sessions Available
Monday, March 11th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday, March 18th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Monday, March 25th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Evening Leadership Networking

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, March 5th 2024 and Tuesday, June 4th 2024

Past Events

Information Session: Become a CDA Professional Development Specialist

Join the Council for Professional Recognition for a virtual information session to learn more about becoming a Child Development Associate (CDA) Professional Development Specialist. 

If you enjoy mentoring, meeting new people, and observing educational environments, becoming a PD Specialist may be for you! PD Specialists use their expertise in early childhood education to assess CDA candidates' competencies and facilitate reflective conversations with candidates. PD Specialists receive an honorarium from the Council for each Verification Visit they conduct.

Join us to learn more! 

Wednesday, February 14th 2024 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Evening Leadership Networking

Tuesday, February 6th 2024

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar is a practical resource for cultivating resilience in educators. The book is based on the author's research in emotional resilience, psychology, systems thinking, and change management and on her decade of testing in schools and offices.

In our professional learning community, you will come together with other leaders in discussion of the habits and dispositions of resilient educators outlined in the book. Habits, such as knowing yourself, telling empowering stories, being a learner, and riding the waves of change; dispositions including humor, empowerment, courage, and perseverance; all build resilience in ourselves and in our school communities!

Sessions Available Between Wednesday, January 24th 2024 and Wednesday, December 18th 2024

Quiet Voice, Fearless Leader by Terrance Lee

Have you ever wondered if being an introvert is keeping you from becoming a great leader? Do you desire to grow in your career or business without compromising who you are?

At times it can feel like society labels people with introverted personalities as quiet, shy, reserved, or timid, while at the same time leaders are described as dominant, talkative, and outgoing.

But what if I told you that your introversion is your superpower? 

If you’re ready to start the journey to becoming a fearless leader, join our book group.

Wednesday, January 10th 2024 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Discussion: Biases in Early Childhood

We are proud to welcome you to a follow up event with Imani Missouri on biases in early childhood. This event is intended as an opportunity to continue our conversation from our October event and deepen connections with others in the community.

At our October event, Imani led us in deepening our understanding of what unconscious bias is (and isn’t!) with an interactive session. We spoke in breakout rooms and as a large group about our experiences and ways to both identify and interrupt biases when we notice them happening. This space may have also included moments of discomfort and stretching ourselves with new ideas.

Our follow up event is by invitation only to members who attended our October Speaker Series event. We welcome you to join us to continue our conversations from October and reflect on what has come up since then. This time together will include experiences in small groups with participants from across NYS. Since we’ll have interactions in break out rooms, we encourage you to register if you are interested and able to attend the full event with your camera/microphone. We hope to see you there!

Monday, December 11th 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm

In-Person Network Meeting

Come for coffee and make connections.

Thursday, November 16th 2023 10:00am - 11:30am

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The Power of Optimism

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the Playmaker Project, facilitated by Ant Toombs Sr. The Playmaker Project provides “play-based, trauma-informed training and support for early childhood professionals.” Playmakers offer a framework that enhances existing priorities and increases social and emotional wellness among kids and staff.

The Leadership Initiative encourages leaders to join with an open heart and mind, learning techniques to bring optimism, joy, and healing to themselves, to staff, and to children.

Optimism matters. An optimistic disposition enables us through everyday and extraordinary struggles  to look for the goodness in ourselves, in others, and in the world around us. For professionals working with young survivors of trauma, optimism isn’t just a critical tool; it’s the pathway to healing for kids in need. This inspiring, interactive presentation helps individuals discover the power of optimism to create safe, joyful, engaging environments where kids can grow, heal, and learn. Using research, humor, and personal stories from 30+ years in the field, Playmaker Project Guides share how optimistic individuals can bring out the best in their students, colleagues, and leaders.

Wednesday, November 8th 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Panel Discussion: Exploring Pathways to Leadership

This panel event will highlight early childhood leadership roles for those considering the numerous opportunities in the field. Our panelists will each share their career pathways, how their role has an impact on our field, and the skills, credentials and dispositions that have helped them to be successful. 

Tuesday, November 7th 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Pedagogical Perspectives: 5 Approaches to Early Childhood Education

Pedagogy is the “how” of teaching and learning. Connected to a vision about society, people, and knowledge, it is how we practice educating and supporting early childhood development. Join our event to learn about 5 approaches to early childhood pedagogy. 

Wednesday, November 1st 2023 6:00pm - 8:30pm

"Identify & Interrupt Unconscious Bias in Early Childhood" led by Imani Missouri

We are proud to welcome you to our next Speaker Series event featuring Imani Missouri. She brings to us an opportunity to deepen our understanding of what unconscious bias is (and isn’t!) in an interactive session. Unconscious Bias is used often in our field, and together with Imani, we’ll talk about the differences between biases and racism. We’ll pause to reflect on our experience with the content and consider ways to attend to ourselves in these moments. This space may have moments where we sit bravely with productive, but transformative, discomfort.

 

All are welcome in this space. This time together will include experiences in small groups to learn with participants from across NYS. We aim for each participant to leave with the framework for a personal goal to increase their awareness of biases in their life and leadership role. Since this event includes interactions in small group break out rooms, we encourage you to register if you are interested and able to attend the full event. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 11th 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Leadership Panel: Trauma Informed Supervision

The Southern Tier and the WNY Leadership Initiative have collaborated to present the upcoming Leadership Panel Discussion “Trauma Informed Supervision”.  Our expert panelist will share information to empower early childhood leaders in creating environments that support their staff and their needs. Our panelists will share their career pathway to their current work, along with understanding the effects of trauma and strategies for leaders to build resilience practices within.

Tuesday, September 26th 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Gentelligence: Age-based Awareness for Leaders

As early childhood leaders and educators, you’ve probably noticed the “generation gap,” or how people born in different generations may think and behave differently — and you may have even experienced generational differences among your colleagues or early childhood educators at work. We invite you to join the Early Childhood Leadership Initiative for an illuminating conversation with Dr. Megan Gerhardt, an expert in intergenerational workplaces and the author of “Gentelligence: The Revolutionary Approach to Leading an Intergenerational Workforce.” Dr. Gerhardt will discuss how to reflect on your own age-based biases, look beyond stereotypes associated with different generations and develop an understanding of why people who grew up in different times may behave in unique — and valuable! — ways. 

Wednesday, September 20th 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Book Group: More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

Tuesday, September 5th 2023 3:00pm - 4:30pm

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Professional Development & the Aspire Registry

We are pleased to welcome our colleagues from NY Works for Children for another informative event to support leaders with the Aspire Registry workforce registry system. This event is a follow up to our July meeting. Several participants from our July meeting shared their interest in a second event with a focus on the professional development section of the Aspire Registry. Our August meeting will focus on this including information on how to create professional developments on the Aspire Registry, how to document professional development, and how to feature trainings on the Aspire Registry website. This is meeting is a statewide opportunity through the Leadership Initiative.

We offer special thanks to members who were able to participate in our July event and surveys. If you were not able to join the July meeting, you are still welcome to join our August session. Please email us if you'd like to see a copy of the recording. We hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, August 29th 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Afternoon Networking

Come out and meet your fellow leaders for great conversations. Make new friends and connect with those that inspire you. Support each other in a safe and supportive environment.

Sessions Available Between Wednesday, August 16th 2023 and Thursday, June 13th 2024

Aspire Registry Information Session

We are pleased to welcome our colleagues from NY Works for Children this July for an informational event to support leaders with the Aspire workforce registration system. This will be an opportunity to learn more about why this system is a valuable tool for our field and how you can use it to support your work. We've designed the content for this session after hearing from Leadership Initiative members about their needs and curiosities. We hope you can join us! 

Wednesday, July 12th 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Book Group: Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, Live Bolder."

Our June Book Group features, 'Brave, Not Perfect" by Reshma Saujani. An opportunity to meet peers as we join together to discuss a book that is relevant to our work and home lives.

Sessions Available

Wednesday, June 14th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Coffee and Connections Networking Event

Join us for a cup of coffee and great conversations at our quarterly in person networking event. Bring your challenges and successes to support each other in this wonderful work.

Monday, June 12th 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, June 6th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 9 - Center Enrollment

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, May 2nd

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 8: Working with Families

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, April 4th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 7 - Staffing

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Coffee and Connections

Please join us at Brightside Up on March 22nd for our quarterly in-person networking group. All are welcome! We love meeting new leaders!

Wednesday, March 22nd 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, March 7th

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 6 - Observation, Assessment, and Documentation

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

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

The Leadership Initiative 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 a 3-part professional learning community for family and group family providers.

Sessions Available
Monday, March 6th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Monday, March 13th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Monday, March 20th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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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, April 13th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, April 20th, 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, May 24th 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

Registration Closed

Advisory Council Meeting

Monday, January 30th 2023 10:00am - 11:30am

Registration Closed

Networking Afternoons

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

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

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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

Registration Closed

Book Group: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown Part 2

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

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, January 3rd

From Survive to Thrive: Chapter 4 - Budget and Finances

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

Coffee and Connections

Join our celebration!  Coffee and Connections just for you!

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

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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

Registration Closed

Capital Region Networking Group

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

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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

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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

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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

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Capital Region Networking Group

Join our monthly networking events for great conversations and connections.

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

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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

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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

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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

Coffee and Connections

Connect with other leaders at our in-person networking space. Enjoy coffee and treats as you mingle. Great conversations are guaranteed.

Monday, November 30th -0001 10:00am - 11:30pm

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