2018 Howard County Directors' Professional Development Institute


Challenges in Today’s Workplace: Decision Making and Problem Solving in the Early Care Setting

A Conference For Child Care Center, Nursery and Preschool Directors, Assistant Directors and Owners

Wednesday, March 21 • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Ten Oaks Ballroom 

5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029

Core of Knowledge: 4 hours Professionalism

$50 per person (includes continental breakfast)


Join us for a morning focused on empowering early childhood leaders while enhancing their decision making and problem solving skills. Leaders of early childhood programs often face challenges that require a nearly immediate decision;  leaving little time for collaborative problem solving and proactive decision making.  This year’s Institute will provide practical solutions to real-life challenges and build the skills needed to take early care and education programs to their full potential. 

Catherine Dixon-Kheir, President of Transformative Learning Solutions, LLC

Catherine Dixon-Kheir is the President of Transformative Learning Solutions, LLC with over 20 years of experience in business consulting, organizational effectiveness, leadership development and adult learning.  Throughout the morning, Ms. Dixon-Kheir will use an interactive approach focusing on real life examples often seen in early care and education programs to assist you in developing creative approaches to challenges. 


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM : Registration • Light Breakfast  • Resource Tables

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM : Welcome

8:45 AM - 10:15 AM : Decision Making in Early Care and Education Programs

  • Decision Making Styles
  • Five Steps for Making Quality Decisions
  • Four Common Decision Making Pitfalls

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM : Break

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM : Problem Solving in Early Care and Education Programs

  • Five Steps for Effective Problem Solving
  • Problem Solving Tools
  • Handling Work Challenges 

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM : Networking  • Q&A with Office of Child Care

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Questions?: Call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay)

If you need special accommodations to attend, please call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay) seven days prior to the registration deadline.