The Countdown to CD Summit

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It’s less than a week away, and the stage is getting set for the 2014 CD Summit in Orlando, Florida. (Center Directors, see your email for the more detailed “Before you Depart” message.)

It’s going to be a week of excitement as CDs and KU leaders across all brands gather to talk about our journey and progress over the last year, and how we are poised to serve even more children and families ahead.

The action gets underway with an opening reception Monday evening. Tuesday, attendees will hear presentations from Tom Wyatt and Elanna Yalow and participate in breakout sessions focused on brain building and sparking conversations about KU’s curriculum. Dr. Barbara Willer, Deputy Executive Director of NAEYC, will also speak at the Summit on Tuesday.

Wednesday will kick off with Wei-Li Chong’s keynote focused on employee and family engagement and breakout sessions focused on the First 100 days. Gary Binkoski will speak about center performance before afternoon breakout sessions designed to foster greater interaction among attendees as they work together to “Crack the Case” solving real-world challenges centers may face across the organization.

Wednesday’s evening entertainment will see the host hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek, transformed into a carnival with leaders from the National Support Center giving out prizes and GlowBucks that will go toward crowning one region the KU Spark Spirit Award winner. (See the standings here.) Thursday’s discussion and breakout sessions will focus on living our service values before everyone heads home re-energized to finish a strong summer and welcome more families in the fall.

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