Registration for the 2021 Virtual Spring Leadership Institute, Leadership in Early Childhood EducationPutting It All Together, is now open! Join Iowa AEYC on Friday, April 30 as we spend the day with early childhood expert, Gigi Schweikert.

Understand the incredible power you have to make a difference in the lives of those around you, discover creative ways to positively impact the families you work with, learn how to recognize and deal with challenging behavior, and leave feeling affirmed in your commitment to the profession of early care and education!

Event Details

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 2:45 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: $45 member | $60 non-member

Registration Deadline: April 20 at 11:59 pm

Cancellation Policy: Refunds can be made if cancellation notice is received by April 20 by 5:00 pm. After April 20, absolutely no refunds can be given and all registered attendees must pay registration fees.

Credit: Your attendance and completion of the post-event survey will earn 4.5 hours of DHS and NAC renewal credit. 

If you are a participant in the DHS Childcare Training Registry, Iowa AEYC will process your enrollment when you enroll on I-PoWeR. You must also complete the post event survey in order to receive your certificate. Training credit will not be authorized to call-in only participants. Certificates will be emailed out approximately four weeks after the Institute. Click here to enroll on I-PoWeR.


 Start Time  End Time  Content
 9:00 am  10:30 am  Welcome + Session
 10:30 am  10:45 am  Break
 10:45 am  12:15 pm  Session
 12:15 pm  1:15 pm  Lunch Break
 1:15 pm  2:45 pm  Session + Closing


Workshop Topics

The Power of One Positive Person

Have you ever thought about the incredible power you have to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you? The positive choices you make each day, the ways in which you help others, and even your smile can change the course of a day, and in some situations, the course of a life. This informational and humorous session will renew your spirit and affirm your commitment to working with young children and their families. One positive person does make a difference. Is that positive person you? It can be.

Winning Ways for Partnering with Families

Why do we do all this for parents? Why did they have kids anyway? Don’t we work here to educate and care for children, not their parents? Our lives would be much easier if children didn’t come with parents. Sound familiar? Sure, but in today’s world, we’re realizing that if we really want to impact children, we have to have a positive impact on their families, too. In this humorous and practical workshop, you will learn about creative ways to partner with families. This is for anyone who gets a little crazy sometimes from demanding and questioning parents.

Socialization and Guidance: Helping Every Child Succeed

Discipline is all about helping every child develop skills so he can act in a socially acceptable way even when you’re not around. Just as children develop good behaviors, they can develop inappropriate ones, too. It’s our job as educators to help children understand the difference between right and wrong and make positive choices as often as possible. With time, patient and consistency, we can help every child succeed.


Keynote: Gigi Schweikert


Gigi Schweikert is President of Lightbridge Academy overseeing 53 open centers in seven states. Gigi is an international thought leader in early childhood education and supervision. With 30 years of experience and 18 published books, in three languages, Gigi has appeared on CBS, NBC, Fox, and the Wall Street Journal Lunch Hour News. Ms. Schweikert has been quoted in The New Times, Entrepreneur, and Forbes.

Ms. Schweikert was the former Director of the United Nations Child Care Centre. Gigi developed and managed on-site employer-sponsored child care programs for Fortune 500 companies including, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, and SC Johnson Wax. Gigi was the host of the TV show, “Today’s Family,” but her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of her four children.



Thank you to the sponsors of the 2021
Spring Leadership Institute!