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Mid-Hudson Early Childhood Leadership Initiative Information Sessions 2022

The Leadership Initiative recently launched in the Mid-Hudson Region and our membership is growing! We support the professional development and success of current and future early childhood leaders in centers, group family day care, and family day care. Attend one of our informational sessions to hear about how you can participate in our programs and special events. 

FALL 2022 Sessions:

Tuesday, October 18th at 11:30 AM

Wednesday, November 16th at 9:30 AM

Monday, December 5th at 3:30 PM

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, January 25th 2022 and Saturday, December 31st 2022

Mid-Hudson Leadership Networking Meeting

As a member of the Mid-Hudson Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our monthly networking meetings. Our meetings create a space for you to connect with leaders throughout the region, learn from one another, share stories, strategies, feelings, and resources. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. This is a time for you to engage with your peers, build relationships, and find inspiration and encouragement as early childhood leaders. 

Meetings are held at least once per month. Afternoon and evening meetings available!

Mark your calendars for our next meeting: Wednesday, October 26th 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, September 20th 2022 and Wednesday, June 14th 2023

Onboarding and Beyond: Leadership Practices for Successful Staffing and Employee Retention

Join the Mid-Hudson Leadership Initiative and a team of specialists from QUALITYstarsNY in a three-part professional learning community on how to foster employee retention through onboarding and ongoing leadership action. We will explore the art and science of hiring and onboarding; identify practical strategies for preventing ‘quick-quits’ and getting employees through the critical first months on the job; and cultivate tools for long-term retention such as stay interviews, engagement conversations, and supported goal-setting.

Tuesday, November 15th, 3:30-4:30: Part 1 - The Art and Science of Hiring and Onboarding

Tuesday, November 29th, 3:30-4:30: Part 2 - The First 90-Days: A Critical Retention Window

Tuesday, December 13th, 3:30-4:30: Part 3 - Sustaining Quality Engagement

Sessions Available
Tuesday, November 15th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday, November 29th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday, December 13th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Partnership Voices: Colleges, Universities, and Early Childhood Programs Working Together to Build our Future Workforce

Internships, field experiences, and student teaching connect future early childhood educators to the profession and cultivate growth in our workforce. As early childhood leaders, you play a critical role in fostering this ‘pipeline to the profession’. Join us for a dynamic panel event and hear from program directors, higher education faculty, and leaders in early career development about how you can create meaningful and sustainable partnerships with preservice teacher programs and support the early childhood community!  


Thursday, December 8th 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, December 14th

From Survive to Thrive Conclusion: Balancing Act- Managing Your Role as the Director

Discussion: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Join us for this culminating session featuring the final chapter: Balancing Act- Managing Your Role as the Director. This session offers a compass to effectively navigate the twists and turns of your leadership journey. You will engage with the seven guiding principles for directors that together with the From Survive to Thrive chapter tools, will help you balance your responsibilities and keep your program running successfully and smoothly.

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

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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.

The Initiative Newsletter

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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