2019 Howard County Directors' Professional Development Institute



Inspire                  Staff Engagement and Retention


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

Thursday, March 28 • 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM 

Ten Oaks Ballroom 

5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029

Core of Knowledge: 4 hours Professionalism

$60 per person (includes continental breakfast and lunch)




Join us for a morning focused on understanding the importance of positive working relationships that are critical to a vibrant and engaging child care program. Leaders of early childhood programs often face high turnover challenges that lead to discontent within the workplace. Early educators will gain an understanding on how to keep internal motivations high by learning secrets for enhancing soft skills, principles on rebounding from road blocks and how to use specific tools to deal with negativity.

Donna Thorton-Roberts


Donna Thorton-Roberts is an inspirational speaker, with more than 25 years of experience leading people, programs and organizations. She has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years and has worked with business owners and managers to increase effectiveness and profitability in various markets including early education, religious organizations, non-profit organizations, retail, finance and the service industries.



7:30 AM - 8:15 AM : Registration • Light Breakfast  • Resource Tables

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM : Welcome

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM : Keynote: Ignite Your Passion, Donna Thorton Roberts

9:45 AM - 11:45 AM: General Session: Hey, I Want More Than a Warm Body, Donna Thorton Roberts 

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Break • Resources Tables • Networking

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM: Hot Topics in Early Education Panel • Lunch

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 14, 2019

Questions?: Call 410-313-1923 (voice/relay)

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