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-Warren G. Bennis
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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

Mi mundo adorado

Este invierno, los miembros son bienvenidos a unirse a nosotros para leer y discutir el libro "Mi amado mundo" de Sonia Sotomayor, la primera jueza latina en la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos. Las discusiones se centrarán en el mensaje de esperanza, crecimiento y determinación de Sonia en la búsqueda del éxito. En su historia, aborda los desafíos de la vulnerabilidad, la pobreza y la inequidad sistemática. A pesar de todo, canaliza sus esfuerzos hacia su pasión por aprender y ayudar a los demás. Los miembros de la Iniciativa de Liderazgo son bienvenidos, este grupo de libros se llevará a cabo principalmente en español.

Los reuniones para este groupo son: 

Jueves, Diciembre 8  - 6pm - 7:30pm 

Martes, Diciembre 20 - 6pm - 7:30pm 

This winter members are welcomed to join us to read and discuss the book "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina justice on the United States Supreme Court. Discussions will focus on Sonia's message of hope, growth, and determination in pursuit of success. In her story, she tackles challenges of vulnerability, poverty, and systematic inequity. Through it all, she channels her efforts towards her passion of learning and helping others. Members of the Leadership Initiative are welcome, this book group will be primarily held in Spanish. 



Sessions Available
Thursday, December 8th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 20th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Family Child Care Networking Meeting

Network Meetings are a space for us all to connect, to share ideas and learn from each other’s experiences in a community setting. This is intended as an opportunity to welcome you to join other leaders of programs in reflection and conversation who are also supporting and leading family and group family child care spaces. If you’re available, we hope you can join us!

Thursday, December 15th 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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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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