Business Trainings


Presents 5 strategies that together will help you transform your center into a professional learning community…

  1. Developmental Supervision
  2. Teacher Induction
  3. Individual Learning Plans
  4. Peer Learning Teams
  5. 360- Degree Feedback


Dates:  February 20 and 27
Times:  4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Participants:  Administrators

Registration:  PDR

Fee:  $25 for non-members

Based on the book from Deb Curtis and Margie Carter, these sessions will help you:

  • Evaluate and improve your reflective teaching skills
  • Use the Thinking Lens protocol to align your daily work with your larger goals, values and vision
  • Gain a heightened sense of self-awareness and a stronger image of children
  • Examine the details of your environment
  • Challenge yourself with new perspectives

Dates:  June 20, 27, July 11, 18, & 25

Time:  3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Facilitator:  Michelle Barnes

Participants:  Administrators

Registration:  PDR

Materials:  Workbook provided

Fee:  $25 for non-members

Based on NAEYC’s book, these sessions will support administrators and their role as a coach.  Learn about your coaching stance and practice, develop trusting relationships with the teachers you coach, and promote positive changes in teachers’ practice.

Dates:  September 17, 24 AND October 8

Time:  4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Trainer:  Michelle Barnes

Participants:  Administrators

Registration:  PDR

Fee:  $10 for non-members



Based on feedback from administrators, we will be providing a 2-day immersion program.


Over the course of the 2 days, we will be focused on 3 subscales and 6 items:


  1. Child Assessment
  • Screening and Identification of Special Needs
  • Assessment in Support of Learning


  1. Fiscal Management
  • Budget Planning
  • Accounting Practices


  1. Family Partnership
  • Family Communications
  • Community Outreach


Additionally, we will be providing:

  • visual aids to demonstrate possible PAS documents
  • means to organize your assessment
  • sample documents


Date:  October 16 and 17

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.         (Lunch will be provided)

Participants:  Administrators

Registration:  PDR

Trainers:  Michelle Barnes &   Shawn Lawrence-Reed

Fee:  $25 for non-member




Will help you…

  • Gain clarity about your purpose and passions
  • Understand the values and beliefs that shape your behavior
  • Appreciate your strengths and internal resources
  • Learn how to avoid the comparison trap
  • Practice strategies to reduce stress and avoid burnout
  • Create an action plan for achieving greater job fulfillment

Dates:   September 5-28   (materials will be sent out to registered participants by August 24)

Times:  Self-Study

Participants:  Administrators

Registration:  PDR

Fee:  $25 for non-members

Every day, directors weave in and out of ethical dilemmas; situations that cause us to face conflicting professional values and responsibilities.  Directors must make tough decisions in order to act in the best interests of children. The training will review the core values of the early childhood field, show you ways to use the guiding principles when faced with conflicting responsibilities in your work, and learn how to resolve ethical dilemmas.

Dates:  November 26

Time:  4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Trainer:  Michelle Barnes

Participants:  Administrators

Registration:  PDR

Fee:  $10 for non-members

Administrators are short on hours during a given day, yet desire meaningful conversation with colleagues that will advance their business.  Therefore, we are offering a new series of book studies!

Administrators can read a few chapters at a time as their schedule allows.  The cohort will meet 3 times to discuss content and means to apply the knowledge to their programs.

Two local administrators, Sonia Keith and Nicole Bedard) selected the first 3 books.  Thank you ladies!  We would love to hear from YOU – what leadership books are you interested in reading?  Send ideas to

All registered participants will be mailed a book.  If the participant does not attend the sessions, he/she will be billed $25.

Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does.

Dates:  September 7, 21 and October 5 (Fridays)

Time:  9:00 a.m. –  10:30 a.m.

Location:  Panera Bread Walton Blvd., Rogers

Participants:  Administrators

Facilitator:  TBA

Fee:  $25.00 for non-members

Registration:  PDR

Materials:  Book – drop shipped free of charge to participants

Training Hours:  8 hours


Early Childhood Initiatives Center is a proud Partner for a Children Living in Poverty Program Supported by United Way of Northwest Arkansas.