"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
- John F. Kennedy

Announcing the Leadership Initiative

Learn more and get involved!

Apply to participate to engage with mentors, receive coaching, and participate in cohort groups.

Contact us to learn more about the initiative or other ways to get involved.


(718) 254-7353

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the NYC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative. The Leadership Initiative and this website will 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 around the city and support professional development promoting access to excellence for all young children.

About the Leadership Initiative

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, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education will lead the Leadership Initiative, designed to support the professional development and success of current leaders and prospective leaders in the early childhood field.

How to get involved

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

If you are interested in fuller participation in the Leadership Initiative, we encourage you to apply to become a member of a borough-based cohort.

You can also:

  • Visit this website for up-to-date leadership information and resources
  • Complete the Leadership Initiative Survey below
  • Attend Leadership Initiative events (check back for dates)

*If you know someone who may benefit from this information, please email us at leadershipinitiative@earlychildhoodny.org and provide his or her contact information.

Leadership Initiative Survey

Along with getting a snapshot of our early childhood workforce, we want to know about you, your specific interests, and how we can work with you to ensure that we provide the kind of resources, academic opportunities and gatherings that will support your growth and development as an Early Childhood Leader. Please complete this survey to help define the activities of the Leadership Initiative!

Take the survey

Listen! Sherry Cleary on Leadership for Better Early Childhood Outcomes

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