May’s Leadership NEXT session will be held from 5-7 p.m. on May 14 at The School District of Lee County’s Early Childhood Education Center at the Lee Adolescent Mothers Program (LAMP).

The School District of Lee County will lead the session, focusing on the period of cognitive development from birth through age 5. A key component of the conversation will cover why kindergarten is too late to start school and the benefits of an early start.

Complimentary light appetizers and refreshments will be available, and attendees will be eligible to win prizes.

Program speakers include Kim Gerbasio, infant and toddler teacher on assignment; Mia German, assistant principal; Tiffany Franklin, coordinator of teaching and learning; and Marlen Solana, family and community engagement coordinator.

Leadership NEXT is free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for guests. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance at FortMyers.org.