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The goal of the Institute's Leadership Initiative is to support a cadre of high-quality, exemplary early childhood program and network leaders in New York City, as well as to create a pipeline of teachers who are well-prepared to enter leadership positions and are supported once they enter those positions. We help participants to identify and meet individualized leadership development goals through a comprehensive model aligned to best practices in leadership and management criteria and tailored to the needs of each individual. Through leadership-focused professional development and career planning, participants access supports for higher education and credentials, coaching, mentoring, peer learning, seminars and conferences, and competency-based professional development. We also provide career development support that includes career advisement and planning, and job search assistance.

Activities and Services

Coaching

Individualized professional development with Institute Coaches

The Initiative coaches provide individualized, strength-based, reflective coaching to Early Childhood Leaders who have determined a need and want to meet their self-identified, competency-based professional development goals. All of our coaches are part of The Institute Coaches program.


Mentoring

Peer-to-peer mentoring with an experienced leader

Leadership mentoring focuses on supporting the growth and development of the mentee. The mentor is a source of wisdom, teaching, and support as a result of years of experience successfully leading programs.


CPAC

Graduate courses leading to the CPAC 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. The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute developed a graduate level 18-credit program at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies, that leads to the state-recognized CPAC credential.


Career Development Advising

Small-group and One-on-one career advising

Members work with The Institute's Career Development Center in small groups and individually to work on strategies for defining career goals, finding desired positions and presenting their best selves in the interview process.


Learning Communities

Regular discussion meetings with peers

Learning Communities are brought together based on similar goals and needs to discuss goals and challenges and share strategies for strengthening programs. Groups meet regularly and are facilitated by professionals who have an expertise in the specified areas.


Book Groups

Facilitated discussion of leadership books

Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to discuss leadership publications and resources and are facilitated by committed professionals, dedicated to deepening the dialogue and illuminating the key messages

View our current and past books on our Brook Group page.


Monthly Networking Meetings

Regular meetings with cohort members

Monthly meetings to bring together the whole cohort group for presentations, discussions and an opportunity to share and network with peers


Leadership Initiative events

Speakers, panels and workshops

Throughout the year, a variety of events are offered to the membership to encourage networking, collaborations and learning experiences among peers. We offer a Speaker Series, Leadership Panel Discussions and a myriad of workshops to inspire considerations on leadership in early childhood education.

View upcoming and past events on our events page


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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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About Goals

Your goals describe specific areas that you are working on (or plan to work on) to improve or maintain the quality of your program. Goals connect your quality improvement work to the QUALITY standards and your rating and allow you to schedule and prioritize chunks of work in your progranm. Goals group together and organize related action items (tasks) and provide a narrative framework to keep you, your program, your QIM and Central Office on the same page.

Goal Scope and Scale

You have a lot of flexibility in developing QI Goals, but some rules of thumb help keep Goals useful, readable, and manageable:

  • Time: A Goal should be achievable roughly within a rating cycle, If you are struggling to put even an estimated end date on a Goal, it may be too broad. Ideally, several Goals will fit (with some overlap) within a rating cycle.
  • Standards: A Goal should roughly fit within a standard subcategory. This is flexible, of course, but if your Goal is spanning multiple standard categories, it may be too broad.
  • A Goal may be too small if it can be accomplished in one or two small steps.
  • A Goal may be too broad if you can't define concisely how you will know when it is complete.
Goal Label

The goal label is simply a brief title that allows you to distinguish this goal from others in a list or report. The more robust description of the Goal comes in the Goal statement below.

Think of it like naming a file on your computer so that later you can recognize it. This label will appear on your goal as a "title" along with your Goal statement, as well as being the identifier in drop-down or selection lists for viewing/using Goals.

Goal Statement

What is your goal?

Goal Rationale / Inspiration

Where did this goal come from? What in your rating and/or conversations about the program led to the development of this Goal? Why is this particular area of quality improvement a priority?

Quality Impact

How will the quality of the program improve? What will be different about the way the program works, looks and feels? How will children, families, the director and staff experience the program differently?

Goal Activity Summary

Summarize / brainstorm the actions you think you'll need to take to accomplish this goal. You'll be defining specific action items as you go, but record the big picture here. What practices will need to change? Who will need to be involved? What will need to be purchased? What training/coaching will be needed?

Goal Existing Resources

What existing strengths and resources will help this goal be successful?

Goal Barriers

What factors, events or concerns might prevent you from accomplishing this goal? If you've attempted to make these changes in the past, what barriers arose and prevented you from following through? What resources or information could help you overcome these barriers and accomplish this goal?

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