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Survive to Thrive Webinar, March 17th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 6 Observation, Assessment, and Documentation

Wednesday, March 17th 2021, 12:30pm

Join us for a webinar discussion of the sixth chaper of From Survive to Thrive:  Observation, Assessment, and Documentation

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Registration will open soon!

Lead From The Outside by Stacey Abrams

"Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and yourself—that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage."  
"Lead from the Outside discusses candidly what Stacey has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender, and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change."

Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to explore and discuss issues in early childhood and in leadership-- deepening the dialogue and considering key messages in their work.

Book Group will run on both nights March 4th and March 11th 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Each registered participant will be mailed a copy of the book.

  • Lead From the Outside by Stacey Abrams - Session 1: Thursday, March 4th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Lead From The Outside by Stacey Abrams -Session 2: Thursday, March 11th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

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Contact us with questions about the leadership initiative:

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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 Leadership Initiative is 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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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