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Southern Tier Leadership Initiative Networking Meetings 2022

As a member of the Southern Tier 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 Southern Tier  region.

Third Thursday of every month, 1:30pm-2:30pm, via Zoom

Sessions Available Between Thursday, January 20th 2022 and Thursday, December 15th 2022

Learning Community: Advancing Equity and Embracing Diversity

Please join the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative in this three-part Learning Community on the NAEYC book, "Advancing Equity and Embracing Diversity in Early Childhood Education." Co-facilitated by Kate Canino, MScED, participants will focus on the NAEYC  Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education"  Position Statement and review the 'voices' in the book that guide leaders to reflect on equity, understand and evaluate responsive pedagogical practices for their programs, and how to move forward as a profession to create environments of inclusion for their staff, children and families.  This Learning Community will be limited to the first 15 participants and each participant will get a copy of the book.  Please register by November 7th to ensure you receive your materials on time!

Guest Facilitator: Kate Canino, MS, Ed.

This event will be virtual via zoom.


Sessions Available
Friday, November 18th, 10:00am - 11:30am
Friday, December 2nd, 10:00am - 11:30am
Friday, December 16th, 10:00am - 11:30am
Friday, January 13th, 10:00am - 11:30am

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

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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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