Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute’s Leadership Initiative. The caliber of Early Childhood Program leadership is the most important factor in determining a program’s quality. The Leadership Initiative is committed to building skills in leadership and management for current and future early childhood leaders.

As a general member, no application is required and you will be able to access resources, attend networking events and participate in designated group activities. By creating spaces for development and growth, participants will be able to effectively develop and implement their visions within their educational community. Participants will ultimately be at the forefront of innovative professional development that caters to the needs and effective development of strong early childhood leaders.

Apply to Participate

If you are interested in fuller participation in the Leadership Initiative, we encourage you to become a member of a cohort by filling out the application below.

Cohort Members will engage in the following:

  • Attend monthly sessions facilitated by a coach/mentor that will address specific needs of each individuals and their community.
  • Access to coaching and mentorship
  • Attend events and engage in activities that serve as opportunities for growth and development.
  • Have access to financial support to enroll in courses in CUNY’s online program in Early Childhood Education Management and Leadership program that leads to the CPAC credential

Additionally, we are looking to identify experienced leaders who are ready to support the development of other leaders through coaching and leadership.

These cohorts will be facilitated by a coach/mentor and will address specific needs of each community.

Application Instructions

Participants interested in taking advantage of this opportunity are required to submit all parts of the application below, including:

  • The application form
  • Proof of Bachelor's Degree and/or Master's Degree. This can be done either through your Aspire Registry profile, or via mail or email (see below)
  • Answer the statement of interest questions addressing the following topics.

    You will enter the answers to these questions in the application below, but we strongly recommend that you compose this statement and save it in a separate document before pasting into the form below.

    1. A summary of your professional development plans and how participation in this program will help you meet your goals.
      (200 words Max)
    2. What skills, knowledge and other qualities do you bring to your current position/leadership position?
      (150 words Max)
    3. What do you think are the most critical issues affecting leaders in early childhood education?
      (150 Words Max)
  • 2 Professional Reference Letters (may be emailed or mailed to the addresses below)

Where to send materials

If you have an active Aspire registry profile, you can submit your education records there for verifcation (if you haven't already). If you do not have an Aspire profile, you can start one or submit verification by mail or email to:

Laura Ensler
Project Coordinator
NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
16 Court Street, 31st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11241

All inquiries should be emailed to

The Application

Contact information

Aspire Registry Profile

Do you have a professional profile on The Aspire Registry?

What is this?

With an online Aspire Individual Professional Profile you can list information about where you went to school, what you studied, the positions you've held in your work with children and families, and any special credentials or certificates that you've earned. Keeping track of professional development events, your employment history, and other milestones in your career is an important professional responsibility, and we can help!

All applicants are strongly encouraged to create an Aspire registry profile and will be required to make one once admitted to the inititative.*

Learn more about joining The Aspire Registry

Current Employment

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Credentials and Education

Proof of your degrees is required for this application. See "Application Instructions" above for submission options.

Do you have NYS Teaching Certification?
Do you currently have a completed bachelor's degree?
Do you currently have a completed master's degree?
Are you interested in obtaining your CPAC credential?

Prior Work Experience

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Personal Statement

Please answer all three prompts. We strongly encourage you to compose and save your answers in a separate document on your computer before pasting them into the form below.

1. Please describe the skills, knowledge and other qualities you bring to your current position. (200 Words Max)

2. What are your professional development plans (specifically, your academic and career goals for the next 5 years) and how will participation in this leadership initiative help you achieve your goals? (150 Words Max)

3. What do you think are the most critical issues affecting leaders in early childhood education? (150 Words Max)

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