"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
- John F. Kennedy

Join Us February 13th for a Dine and Discuss Event!

The Leadership Initiative invites you to the first event of the Dine and Discuss Series. Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking!

This session features local early childhood leaders speaking about their own pathway to leadership. Our distinguished panel will include:

  • Meghan Dunn, Riverdale Avenue Community School
  • Thelma Dye, Northside Center for Child Development
  • Luz Peña, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • Jenna Pettinicchi, FirstStepNYC, SCO Family of Services

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Teach for America - NY
25 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Contact Alyssa Estremo to RSVP:
leadershipinitiative@earlychildhoodny.org | 718-254-7320

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Announcing the Leadership Initiative

Learn more and get involved!

Apply to participate to engage with mentors, receive coaching, and participate in cohort groups.

Contact us to learn more about the initiative or other ways to get involved.


(718) 254-7353

We are pleased to announce the launch of the NYC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative. The Leadership Initiative and this website will 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 around the city and support professional development promoting access to excellence for all young children.

About the Leadership Initiative

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, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education will lead the Leadership Initiative, designed to support the professional development and success of current leaders and prospective leaders in the early childhood field.

How to get involved

Early childhood leaders, as well as those who aspire to leadership roles in the future, are welcome to participate in the Leadership Initiative in a variety of ways. If you are interested in fuller participation in the Leadership Initiative, we encourage you to apply to become a member of a borough-based cohort. You can also always attend Leadership Initiative events

Continue to visit this website for up-to-date leadership information and resources. If you know someone who may benefit from this information, please email us at leadershipinitiative@earlychildhoodny.org and provide his or her contact information.

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