Brocklin Qualls
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Brocklin Qualls is the Principal Consultant for The BQ Definitive. Professionally, he has served as a Charter School Early Childhood Leadership Consultant, Federal Project Officer (Child Care Aware of America), Associate Director of Government Affairs (National Head Start Association), Director of Head Start (Bethlehem Center, Charlotte), Subject Matter Expert for the United States Navy Office of Special Needs and National Director of Partnerships Council for Professional Recognition (The Child Development Associate Credential). Prior to serving at the national level, Brocklin has served as a Director of Early Childhood for Head Start/Early Head Start Programs. He has taught kindergarten, first grade and third grade.  He was selected as a Fellow for the Johnson and Johnson Head Start/University of California Los Angeles Management Program and the Nike/National Head Start Association Starting Block Emerging Leadership Program. In addition, Brocklin has been recognized by non-profit and federal government agencies for his commitment to professional development in the field of early childhood education. He has served as motivational/ keynote speaker and professional trainer for local, state, regional and national conferences. He is a mentor for high school students, college students and professionals in the field of early childhood. Brocklin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/ Public Relations from Xavier University of Louisiana and his Master’s Degree in Education (Instruction and Curriculum) from Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC.

All Families Are Special: How to best support families raising children with special needs

The purpose of this interactive session is to engage early childhood professionals in a discussion about supporting families raising children with special needs. Often times, special needs families require teachers and administrators to serve as “superheroes” responsible for including their children in all developmentally appropriate activities. Participants will hear powerful stories about teachers and administrators who have impacted the lives of families raising children with special needs. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions before, during and after the session.

Are you prepared to LEAD like a Superhero? Guiding early childhood leaders on how to effectively manage, strengthen, and promote positive relationships among early childhood professionals.

This leadership development session was designed exclusively for administrators, directors, and coordinators responsible for supporting the growth and development of early childhood professionals. This interactive session will create opportunities for leaders to reflect on program goals/outcomes, supervision gaps, and personal goals to improve their performance. Participants will receive leadership reflection sheets to develop their professional skills and goals after the conference session has ended. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions before, during and after the session.