"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
-Warren G. Bennis
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Upcoming Events

Dine & Discuss Sep 18th

Self Care for Early Childhood Leaders

This session is desgined to start the school year off right. Join us for an evening with self-care professionals and learn ways to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking

Wednesday, September 18th 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Manhattan, NY

October 28, 2019

Join us for the Leadership Initiative's first Early Childhood Director's Conference

The Leadership Initiative will kickoff a year of professional development activities based on this conference and the book, From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program.

Debbie Leekeenan and Iris Chin Ponte will present a keynote address and lead breakout sessions.

October 28th, 2019
8:30am-12:00pm
CUNY Graduate Center

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For security purposes, registration is required

Stay up-to-date with this series on our From Survive to Thrive landing.

Iris Chin Ponte
Director and Teacher
Debbie LeeKeenan
Early Childhood Consultant and Lecturer

2019-2020 Event Calendar

For an overview of all of our Leadershp Initiative events for the upcoming programming year, download the 2019-2020 event calendar

New Resource!
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

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Comments or Questions?

Contact us with questions about the leadership initiative:

leadershipinitiative@earlychildhoodny.org

(718) 254-7353

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 lead 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 provides 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.

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Recent and Ongoing Highlights from the Initiative

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.


Other News and Resources

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