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-Warren G. Bennis
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Central NY Leadership Networking Meeting

As a member of the Central NY Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our monthly virtual networking meetings. Come network with your peers. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. Participants will send questions in advance of the meeting or come to the meetings with questions, strategies and resources to share, or an interest in listening and learning from others' experiences.  This is a space to share stories, strategies, feelings, ideas, resources, and words of encouragement about leading an early childhood program in the Central NY region.

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, January 18th 2022 and Tuesday, July 19th 2022

Survive to Thrive Webinar, July 13th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 5 Program Curriculum

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, August 10th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 6 Observation, Assessment, and Documentation

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Book Group: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

"Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver"
-Brené Brown
Dare to Lead has been praised as a road map for anyone who wants to lead mindfully and love bravely. Readers describe Brené's writing as honest and straightforward, giving actionable tools to enhance bravery in our lives and in our work. 

Sessions Available
Tuesday, August 16th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 30th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, September 14th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 7 Staffing

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

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Survive to Thrive Webinar, October 12th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 8 Working with Families

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

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Survive to Thrive Webinar, November 9th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 9 Center Enrollment

Webinar: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Discussion: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

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Survive to Thrive Webinar, December 14th

Survive to Thrive Session: Conclusion: Balancing Act- Managing Your Role as a Director

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Our monthly newletter offers a round-up of the latest Leadership Initiative events, the books we're reading, member spotlights, resources and opportunities. If you signed up as a member, you'll already be getting our next issue!

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Other News and Resources

Our Guide to NYC Leadership Degree and Credential Programs

We've compiled a list of degrees and credentials that leaders can pursue to advance their careers and enrich their practice. From NYAEYC credentials to Master's degrees for school principals this guide will help you find your next step in your journey.

Download the PDF Guide

Children's Program Administrator Credential

The Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) is a state-recognized credential that addresses the components essential for running early childhood and school-age programs. Both new and experienced administrators may choose to obtain the credential, as well as current teachers who aspire to administrative positions. Those individuals without program management experience will need to complete an internship to obtain the credential.

Learn more about the CPAC on our Career Development Services page.


Listen! Sherry Cleary on Leadership

Sherry Cleary, Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Institute shared her thoughts about the importance of leadership with HiMama's The Preschool Podcast



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