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-Warren G. Bennis
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The Leadership Initiative is growing!

We now have dedicated Leadership Initiative teams in Long Island as well as the Western New York, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. If you live and/or work in any of these regions, visit your regions website:

Upcoming Events

December 2023 Network Meeting

Join other leaders in our field for reflection and conversation. Network meetings are a virtual space for us all to connect, to share ideas and learn from each other’s experiences in a community setting. Members who are supporting or directly leading early childhood learning spaces are all welcome. These conversations are held via Zoom. 

Wednesday, December 13th 2023 5:30pm - 6:30pm

We Are the Change We Seek: Advancing Racial Justice in Early Care and Education

Join us as we explore this text in a small group with the Leadership Initiative! The authors unpack the CRABAR framework - culturally responsive, anti-bias, anti-racist. This educator-friendly text connects history and current events to demonstrate classroom practices that deliver on the promise of high-quality education for all children. 

Registered participants will receive a copy of the text by mail. 

Sessions Available
Tuesday, January 9th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 31st, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Leading Learning Spaces for All Learners

Early childhood leaders are called to support all children in their setting, even though at times we may not feel certain how to reach every child in our care. Join us for an evening of conversation with a panel of leaders who will share their experiences, strategies and reflections in supporting the diverse learning needs of all children. During this panel, we'll discuss:  

  • The challenges of leading inclusive spaces for children of many different learning styles.
  • Approaches that have been successful in supporting children and families. 
  • Strategies to supporting staff teams of varying levels of confidence and expertise. 
  • Our "whys" - why we chose this work and what keeps us motivated.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on a new idea to try out in their practice and be inspired by the stories of our panelists. We hope you can join us for this evening of reflection and insightful perspectives.

Tuesday, January 23rd 2024 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.

The Initiative Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter 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!

Read the Latest: November, 2023 Browse our newsletter archive

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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