Leadership Networks - Early Education

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Join alongside early education program administrators, owners, directors, curriculum specialists and leaders for the opportunity to share ideas, challenges, and engage in building Biblical community.

We will explore timely information to support transformational leadership, share resources aligned with key ACSI initiatives, and ensure you receive consistent information about what is important to you such as recruiting and retaining students and staff, increasing revenue streams, navigating the changing CDC recommendations, and more. We will also review best practices in implementing each of the Flourishing School Culture domains with industry experts. Learn more about ACSI Early Education Events in the monthly issue of News and Nuggets.

News & Nuggets

Connect with your EE Senior Coordinator and join them monthly for LEADER CONNECT

Dr__Cindy_BarnumDr. Cindy Barnum, Eastern Division

Favorite Leadership Quote - For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. - Paul (Eph 2:10)

Join the discussion each month with EE leaders in the Eastern Division 

2nd Wednesday at 1:30 ET


kim-bruckerKim Brucker, Central Division

Favorite Leadership Quote - "Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn't come alive until the leader models it." - John Maxwell

Join the discussion each month with EE leaders in the Central Division!

2nd Wednesday at 12:00 PM CT


suzie_MohlerDr. Suzie Mohler, Western Division

Favorite Leadership Quote - "Tell me what you are called to do and why it matters. If you commit to the what and are consumed by your why, you will figure out the how." - Craig Groeschel

Join the discussion each month with EE leaders in the Western Division!

2nd Thursday at 9:00 PT or 4:00 PT 


Network with EE Leaders and Dr. Althea Penn, ACSI's Director of Early Education

AltheaHeadshotDr. Althea Penn, ACSI's Director of Early Education has over 30 years of experience as a primary and secondary instructor, in organizational leadership as an educational consultant and professional development specialist. Dr. Penn has earned two Master’s degrees in Education Administration, a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, certification as an Early Childhood Educator, and the National Administrator Credential. She has served as a teacher, children’s ministry director, and principal. Dr. Penn has authored several books, including “Christian Education Mandate,” “Firmly Rooted: Cultivating Faith Development in the Next Generation,” and “Equipping and Empowering Early Educators.”

Favorite Leadership Quote - "Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration motivated by passion, generated by vision, produced by conviction, ignited by a purpose." - Dr. Myles Munroe 

Join Dr. Penn for monthly meetings where leaders engage in a professional learning community. 

The Leadership Network is for EE Leaders who aspire to higher levels of competency.

The objectives of the Network are:

  • to reduce isolation expressed by leaders in Christian early education, and
  • to form a Biblical community and cohort of mutually supportive members
  • to enhance their professional practice together. As such, the Network is designed to be accessible, easy, and fast to use.

The Peer Support Network model achieves this by:

  • connecting leaders in early education to identify common professional challenges and explore potential solutions through discussion, webinars, and resource sharing
  • facilitating forums for Directors and Educational Leaders to share and source expertise, advice, and information
    identifying topical issues that will be addressed via live and in-person conferences and webinars
  • providing online resource library of information, research, and tools
  • to remain current and relevant to the changing needs of ACSI Members
  • offering the service free to Members and ambassadors in Christian early education.

Access Network discussions, session recordings and resources below:

Discussion Resources

Leadership Networks

ACSI has established our all new national Leadership Networks designed to connect Christian educators in a variety of ways to help them grow as leaders and for their schools to flourish through intentional connection and collaboration with like-minded peers.

Upcoming Sessions

Early Education Leadership Network with Dr. Althea Penn

4th Wednesday each month, 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Register to attend the Leadership Network


Leader Connect

Dr. Cindy Barnum, Eastern Division - 2nd Wednesday, 1:30 PM EST


Register to attend the Eastern Leader Connect


Kim Brucker, Central Division – 2nd Wednesday, 12:00 CST


Register to attend the Central Leader Connect


Dr. Suzie Mohler, Western Division – 2nd Thursday, 9:00 AM PST or 3:00 PM PST


Register to attend the Western AM Leader Connect


Register to attend the Western PM Leader Connect

    Tammy Hicks, Program Specialist/Florida Approval Program - 3rd Thursday, 1:00 PM EST

    Register to attend the Florida Approval Program Leader Connect