As a member of the Finger Lakes 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 Finger Lakes region.
Second Wednesday of every month, 1:00pm-2:00pm, via Zoom
Sessions Available Between Wednesday, February 9th 2022 and Wednesday, December 14th 2022
This virtual panel event will present diverse perspectives, experiences, strategies and resources on “Supporting Diverse Learners in Early Childhood Education Settings”.
We recognize that the system for supporting children outside of general education pathways has been insufficient for a long time, while the demands to provide services for children are more complex than ever. There are many systematic obstacles that can feel defeating, making it difficult to see our ability to be part of a solution.
This panel conversation will provide a space where we can discuss the processes and challenges of the situation. As well as, discuss the resources and strengths we have to address them.
Tuesday, December 6th 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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The Leadership Initiative serves leaders from all areas of early childhood, including direct services and support services in family/group family homes, centers, schools, shelters, and faith based settings. Non-direct care leadership roles such as system leaders, policy advocates, and promoters of our workforce are also supported by our community.
The excellence of early childhood programs is reliant on the quality and caliber of the leader. The program leader sets the mission, vision, philosophy, and culture of a program. And yet, too many leaders come to the work with limited knowledge and expertise in early childhood management and leadership. The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute leads the Leadership Initiative, designed to support the professional development and success of current leaders and prospective leaders in the early childhood field. The Leadership Initiative and this website provide early childhood leaders, as well as those who aspire to leadership roles in the future, with resources and opportunities to engage with their peers and support professional development promoting access to excellence for all young children.
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