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-Warren G. Bennis
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The Leadership Initiative is growing!

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

Learning Community: Powerful Interactions

We are excited to kick-start July by welcoming you to our Learning Community. This Learning Community will focus on the book Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning.This communal learning experience will take place on Zoom on July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 from 2 to 4pm. In this space we will strengthen our understanding and use of Powerful Interactions as part of an impactful leadership stance.  

We will dive deep into the research that affirms the importance of interactions through stories, photos and most importantly, insights from participants.

Through the simple framework of Powerful Interactions we will learn the foundations for creating a positive learning environment and building community while creating meaningful relationships as leaders. Additionally, we’ll discuss using this text as an effective tool for daily practice and new leadership strategies to work with our peers and students.


To join the waiting list for this series, please email us at:

Sessions Available
Thursday, July 11th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, July 18th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, July 25th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, August 1st, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

August Networking Meeting

The Leadership Initiative is excited to offer monthly meetings on Zoom for our New York City members of the Leadership Initiative. 

Wednesday, August 7th 2024 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Advocacy Institute

Join the Leadership Initiative and the Advocacy Institute for a special virtual conversation about advocacy. If you ever wondered about the policies that impact you, your team, and children and families in New York State, this is a great chance to learn more.

Wednesday, August 21st 2024 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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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 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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