Educational Leadership

The Collaboration provides a space for leaders of the early education community to come together to share information, solve problems of practice, and connect. We do this through our Roundtable Meetings:

Directors’ Roundtable – The Collaboration convenes the Directors’ Roundtable to foster a professional community that supports quality improvement in child care centers and preschools. Directors from a wide range of early childhood programs participate in facilitated meetings to share concerns, engage in problem-solving, and engage in peer learning opportunities and training on topics of mutual interest. The Directors’ Round Table meets six times per year.

Family Child Care Providers’ Roundtable – Family child care providers are a vital component of the early childhood system of programs and services. The Collaboration convenes the Family Child Care providers’ Roundtable to foster a professional community that supports each other and quality improvement in family child care settings. Family child care providers engage in problem-solving, and in peer learning opportunities and training topics of mutual interest and to support their engagement in the Illinois ExceleRate Quality Rating system.

If you are a child care provider or the director of a child care center and would like to join the next roundtable discussion, we would welcome your participation. Reach out to us for more information.

Learn more about the Collaboration for Early Childhood’s extensive early learning program service area by viewing the collection of Early Learning Newsletters managed by our Director of Early Learning and Equity Initiatives. 

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We champion high-quality early childhood care and learning experiences and support for families so all children develop their full potential.