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

Networking Evenings, 2nd Monday of Month

An opportunity for leaders from all modalities to connect with one another.

Sessions Available Between Monday, February 13th 2023 and Monday, August 14th 2023

Networking Afternoons

Join your peers for great conversations. Share your challenges and successes.

Sessions Available Between Wednesday, February 22nd 2023 and Wednesday, August 23rd 2023

Coffee and Connections Networking Event

Join us for a cup of coffee and great conversations at our quarterly in person networking event. Bring your challenges and successes to support each other in this wonderful work.

Monday, June 12th 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm

Book Group: Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, Live Bolder."

Our June Book Group features, 'Brave, Not Perfect" by Reshma Saujani. An opportunity to meet peers as we join together to discuss a book that is relevant to our work and home lives.

Sessions Available

Wednesday, June 14th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, June 27th

From Survive to Thrive: Conclusion - Balancing Act - Managing Your Role as the Director

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

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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. Sign up below to start to receiving our periodic newsletter and event announcements!

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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 newsletter 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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