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.
Upcoming events on this page are limited to our publicly advertised events. Member-only events such as Networking events and Book Group discussions will only appear in the "Past Events" section.
Join us as we explore this book and challenge our unconscious bias. We enter into this space knowing we each have biases. Together, we'll join in a safe space to reflect and identify how they show up. From the authors - "How can we dismantle inequities and provide nurturing, responsive care and education to all children?" This book will lead us in conversation exploring equity, bias, and creating culturally responsive learning environments.
Wednesday, October 12th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 26th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us! We are honored to host Rhian Evans Allvin for this special state-wide edition of the Leadership Initiative Speaker Series. Come to learn about Rhian's exciting journey as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She served the NAEYC community for over a decade, supporting an increase in membership and bringing strong leadership to the policy advocacy arm of NAEYC's work. During Rhian's tenure, NAEYC released three position statements on equity in early childhood education and convened the Power to the Profession initiative. We'll have the opportunity to learn more about Rhian's leadership philosophy, lessons learned, and her insight on our field at this event. We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, September 28th 2022 6:00pm - 7:30pm
We welcome members of our community to join us for a discussion and reflection on the strengths built over the last two years that have equipped us for Fall 2022. We’ll consider both what has changed and what has remained the same in our field from a leadership lens. We’ll reflect on how our disposition as leaders has strengthened and how that impacts our learning environments. Panelists include guests from multiple roles of leadership of different types of learning settings in NYC. This event will be held virtually.
Wednesday, September 14th 2022 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Join us! We are reading the memoir of Elaine Welteroth, a barrier-breaking leader of multiple levels. We'll take a deeper dive into her childhood stories as she navigates a biracial household and her ongoing exploration of self identity that follows her into adulthood. She faces societal barriers head on and openly shares the joys and pains of her experience. Elaine finds her voice as a leader and quiets her self-doubt while venturing into new roles.
Wednesday, July 6th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, July 19th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Leadership Initiative is happy to welcome our colleagues from QUALITYstarsNY for this exclusive info session for members of the Leadership Initiative. Come to learn more about this program and have your questions answered by QUALITYstarsNY team members from the NYC area. QUALITYstarsNY is coordinated by the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute within the City University of New York (CUNY), which is also home to the Leadership Initiative! This is a great way to take advantage of all we have to offer.
Wednesday, June 22nd 2022 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Leadership Initiative is pleased to bring you this opportunity to develop your core business practices. Join Erica Chase-Gregory, Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale, as she leads a 3-part professional learning community where you will:
· Build a strong business foundation
· Evaluate how legal structures and tax rules impact your business
· Calculate the true cost of care for each child in your program
· Analyze market rate and what it means for your business
· Create a record keeping and budgeting system
· Identify community resources to support next steps in making informed business decisions
Tuesday, May 3rd | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, May 17th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, May 31st | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The NYC Department of Education's Deputy Chancellor of Early Childhood Education, Dr. Kara Ahmed will share her perspective on leadership and how her career has developed. She'll also share with us her vision for early childhood in NYC.
Dr. Ahmed is known for leading with grace and a dedication to excellence for every child and each family. We are excited to welcome her for the spring Speaker Series.
The event will take place in downtown Manhattan. All guests will need to show photo ID and proof of vaccination.
Thursday, April 28th 2022 10:00am - 11:30am
Tuesday, April 12th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 26th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
This workshop will cover a broad range of legal issues that small business owners typically confront, including entity selection and formation, human resources, and intellectual property. Participants will have an opportunity to join Volunteers of Legal Service after the meeting to apply for ongoing services. This workshop is ideal for anyone looking for guidance on the laws and regulations of their business or for leaders who want to form a relationship with a strategic partner.
Thursday, March 17th 2022 5:00pm - 6:00pm
September 2022 Meetings
Weds Sept 7 at 1 pm on Zoom
Weds Sept 21 at 5:30 pm on Zoom
Register for the series. Meetings are every other week on Wednesdays. Attend how often and whenever you can.
Sessions Available Between Wednesday, March 2nd 2022 and Wednesday, September 21st 2022
We welcome Terrance Lee to join us and speak to his work on core leadership principles that can enhance our stance as leaders. He will share thoughtful insights on being identified as an "introvert" and the misconception that this attribute prevents one from becoming an "ideal" leader. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their stance as a leader, hear about principles that can enhance their daily practice in a leadership role, and learn about the inner power introverts bring to every team.
Tuesday, February 15th 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm
We welcome members of our community to join us in a discussion about creating and engaging in a meaningful mentor relationship. In this session, participants will hear about creating and benefiting from a mentor/mentee partnership and thinking about what this commitment will look like. Panelists include guests from multiple disciplines who are both mentors and mentees in formal and informal relationships. If you've considered mentorship or are looking to return to it from a new lens, this is a great place to start your journey!
Thursday, February 3rd 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm
We invite you to our next virtual Book Group discussion featuring "Emotionally Responsive Practice: A Path for Schools That Heal" by Lesley Koplow.
Emotionally Responsive Practice: A Path for Schools That Heal explores the Emotional Responsive Practice approach designed to support children and teachers' well-being. Join our book discussion group with other early childhood leaders to consider the ways educational philosophy and school climate impact emotional, social and cognitive outcomes for young children.
Join our two-session book group. We will be providing those who register with a copy of the book. Upon registration we will contact you to obtain your mailing address to send you the book. Registration will be capped at 15, and a waitlist will be made available. Due to a limited number of books available please only register if you can commit to attending and participating fully in both dates (1/13 and 1/27). Must be working in NYC (five boroughs) to participate.
Thursday, January 13th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, January 27th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
A professional learning community of NYC early childhood leaders interested in reflecting on and learning about cultivating resilience in themselves and others. This learning community features the book Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar.
The learning community will meet monthly for one year. A copy of the book will be provided. This learning community is for early childhood program leaders working in NYC only.
November 2021-November 2022
Sessions Available Between Thursday, November 18th 2021 and Thursday, November 10th 2022
This virtual panel, “Cultivating Staff Wellness: A Conversation with Early Childhood Leaders”, will offer diverse perspectives, experiences, strategies and resources on cultivating a program climate and culture that supports the wellness of staff. We know that as leaders of early childhood programs you want your staff to feel fulfilled both personally and professionally and yet it can be so hard to figure out a path forward. This panel conversation will discuss considerations for leaders of early childhood programs on fostering a positive climate for staff in the context of all the complexities we are facing today. Attendees will engage in a thoughtful conversation with the panelists.
Join us on Zoom.
Tuesday, October 26th 2021 5:30pm - 7:00pm
We invite you to our next virtual Book Group discussion featuring "Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself" by Nedra Glover Tawwab.
Set Boundaries, Find Peace presents simple-yet-powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life. Join our book discussion group with other early childhood leaders to identify strategies to use for a more productive and balanced school year with healthy communication and established expectations.
Join our two-session book group. We will be providing those who register with a copy of the book. Upon registration we will contact you to obtain your mailing address to send you the book. Registration will be capped at 15, and a waitlist will be made available. Due to a limited number of books available please only register if you can commit to attending and participating fully in both dates (9/30 and 10/21).
Thursday, September 30th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, October 21st | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Institute is hosting a professional development offering: Introduction to the Revised New York State Early Learning Guidelines: A Child Development Resource for Educators of Children Ages Birth Through Eight. These sessions are designed specifically for Directors and other leaders of early childhood programs. This professional development session will provide an overview of the shifts within this new and improved version of the New York State Early Learning Guidelines. A specific focus will be provided on utilizing this resource as a leader in your program and supporting its use among your staff.
Choose one of the session dates and times that works for you.
Sessions Available Between Monday, July 19th 2021 and Tuesday, August 31st 2021
Join us for this special two-part Leadership Speaker Series event, featuring Abby Thorman.
"Making Impact: Strengthen Your Voice, Your Message, and Your Story-telling"
As professionals and leaders we have responsibility to use our experience and knowledge to inform and influence others about appropriate practices and the needs of the early childhood field (Core Body of Knowledge 6.6).
Abby will explore and help attendees understand the skills and components of effective storytelling for early childhood advocacy. Part 1 on May 26th will cover crafting effective messages, using those messages for advocacy, and strategies to achieve power in numbers. Join us again on June 3rd in an interactive session with Abby to hone those message-making skills with opportunities for feedback and strategizing.
Wednesday, May 26th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 3rd | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
We invite you to our next virtual Book Group discussion featuring "Ready or Not: Early Care and Education's Leadership Choices-12 Years Later" by Stacie G. Goffin and Valora Washington.
"Authors, Goffin and Washington, examine the major issues that must still be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. This second edition will help everyone whose work impacts ECE workforce to deepen their commitment to adaptive systems work and to develop the leadership capacity needed to become change agents."
Tuesday, May 25th | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday, June 8th | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
This virtual Leadership Panel Discussion is hosted by the WesternNY and Long Island regional Leadership Initiatives. Come learn from a moderated panel of early childhood professionals and leaders about their work to create equitable environments for children in early childhood settings. This panel will allow participants to dive into what it means to truly have an equity stance. Participants will be encouraged to set a goal to work towards advancing equity in early childhood education.
Read about our panelists and moderator HERE
Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion!
Thursday, April 29th 2021 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The NY Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present a Leadership Speaker Series event in our 2021 series. This event is co-hosted virtually by the NYC, Western NY, and Long Island regional Leadership Initiative chapters. Grace Reef, President of Early Learning Policy, will explore and help attendees to consider what is on the horizon for early childhood education with the new federal administration. Who are the key players? How will priorities shift with this new leadership and in response to COVID? What are the opportunities for change, innovation, and advocacy? What can you do as leaders in early childhood education?
Thursday, March 25th 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Join our next virtual Book Group discussion featuring "The Work: Searching for a Life That Matters" by Wes Moore. We will be providing those who register with a copy of the book. Upon registration we will contact you to obtain your mailing address to send you the book.
Tuesday, February 23rd | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday, March 9th | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
These panel events focus on a different aspect of leadership in Early Childhood Education and feature moderated panel discussions with a diverse group of professionals. This event is co-hosted virtually by the Early Childhood Career Development Centers and Leadership Initiatives of the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. This virtual panel, “Exploring Leadership Pathways: Voices from our Field," highlighted unique early childhood leadership roles for those considering opportunities outside of programs/schools. Our panelists represented a NYS Credentialed Coach, Early Childhood Career Advisor, a Quality Improvement Specialist, and a Professor of Early Childhood and Teacher Education Programs. They shared their career pathways, how their role has an impact on the field, and the skills, credentials, and dispositions that have helped them to be successful in their respective positions.
Thursday, January 28th 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm
November and December Meetings
Weds Nov 3rd 1pm-2pm
Weds Nov 17th 5pm-6pm
Weds Dec 1st 1pm-2pm
Weds Dec 15th 5pm-6pm
Meetings are every other week on Wednesdays: first meeting of the month at 1pm-2pm and second meeting of the month at 5pm-6pm
Attend how often and whenever you can.
Sessions Available Between Wednesday, January 6th 2021 and Wednesday, December 15th 2021
Monday, December 21st 2020
Friday, December 18th 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, December 11th 2020
Wednesday, December 9th 2020
Tuesday, December 8th | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday, December 15th | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The NY Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present a film screening and discussion, featuring the film "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope." The event will include a screening of the film followed by a interactive discussion with Tim Hathaway, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse New York. This event is co-hosted by the regional Leadership Initiatives of New York City, Western NY, and Long Island. The event will be hosted live over Zoom.
Wednesday, November 18th 2020 4:00pm - 5:45pm
A professional learning community of early childhood leaders interested in reflecting on and learning about cultivating resilience in themselves and others. This learning community features the book Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar.
November 2020-November 2021
Registration is currently closed.
Sessions Available Between Thursday, November 12th 2020 and Thursday, November 11th 2021
This virtual panel will present diverse perspectives on developing a trauma-informed lens in leading your early childhood program and supporting your program staff. We will learn from the experiences and perspectives of a trauma systems therapy trainer, Early Childhood program director, social worker and behavioral specialist, and an assistant professor in human development and education. Our panelists will also share their career pathways and what has led them to this work. Attendees will walk away with important considerations and strategies for leadership, program culture, trauma-informed care, and resiliency in caring for staff, children and families.
Tuesday, September 29th 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm
In an interview moderated by Sherry Cleary, University Dean of Early Childhood Initiatives and Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, Melodie Baker will share her experience as a black female education leader and advocate. She will share her factors to success, navigating challenges, and balancing family and work.
Melodie Baker has spent her career working to advance education opportunities for disadvantaged students. Prior to joining Just Equations she was the director of education at United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. Melodie Chairs and Co-Chairs various national, state and local coalitions including, Erie Niagara Birth-8, Raising New York, and The Coalition for Community Schools. In 2014, she co-founded the first inquiry-based school in Western New York, The Charter School of Inquiry to build on an early learning program she implemented earlier in her career as assistant director for a Head Start. Her work in education has led to several noteworthy appointments such as being selected to serve on Governor Cuomo’s Reimagining Education Advisory Council and leading the research and evaluation for Rockefeller Institute of Government’s First 1000 Day’s on Medicaid initiative headed by the New York State Department of Health. In 2019, Baker was the first African American to run for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 27th Congressional District.
Tuesday, August 4th 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Tuesday, July 21st 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Elena Aguilar will explore high leverage strategies that anyone can use to build their resilience, as well as the resilience of others. Attendees will understand how to use these strategies and why they are so effective, particularly in times of crisis and change.
Elena Aguilar is the Founder and President of Bright Morning Consulting. She has trained trained thousands of educators in transformational coaching. Elena’s expertise derives from twenty five years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and leadership coach working in diverse school environments. She is the author of four highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching, (2013) and The Art of Coaching Teams, (2016) Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018) and the Onward Workbook (2018), and the forthcoming Coaching for Equity (August 2020). She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and ASCD’s Educational Leadership, and she was a blogger for EdWeek Teacher for many years.
Monday, June 29th 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Our Podcast Discussion.
Here's the link to the podcast!
Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us: https://brenebrown.com/unlockingus/
Monday, June 15th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, June 23rd | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 23rd | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
This virtual panel, “Leadership During a Time of Crisis”, moderated by Sherry Cleary, Executive Director of the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, will focus on the many qualities and considerations for effective leadership in a time of crisis. We will learn from the experiences and perspectives of a former CEO of a social service non-profit, a licensed child development mental health expert and play therapist, a social worker and FEMA crisis master trainer, and an executive director of a child care program. Attendees will walk away with important considerations and strategies for leadership, trauma-informed care, building resiliency, crisis management and coping, and planning for change.
Thursday, May 28th 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Thursday, May 21st 2020
Sessions Available Between Thursday, May 21st 2020 and Thursday, November 5th 2020
The Leadership Initiative is holding weekly Virtual Network meetings every Wednesday at 4 pm for the foreseeable future
Sessions Available Between Wednesday, April 29th 2020 and Wednesday, October 28th 2020
Wednesday, April 22nd 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us for a 3-part Learning Community to dig deeper into exploring our individual and collective roles in advancing equity in early childhood. Facilitated by Fela Barclift and Wendy Cole, two of our panelists from our December Dine & Discuss event.
We ask that you commit to attending all three dates.
Wednesday, March 25th | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 22nd | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 27th | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of the book:
Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism
by Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman
Monday, February 24th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Monday, March 9th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
At this Dine and Discuss, we will hear from a moderated panel of early childhood professionals and leaders about their work to create equitable environments for children in early childhood settings. Participants will be encouraged to set a goal to work towards advancing equity in early childhood education.
Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking
Thursday, December 5th 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday, November 4th | 12:00am - 12:00am
Monday, November 18th | 12:00am - 12:00am
This session is desgined to start the school year off right. Join us for an evening with self-care professionals and learn ways to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health.
Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking
Wednesday, September 18th 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday, September 9th | 12:00am - 12:00am
Monday, October 7th | 12:00am - 12:00am
Monday, July 15th | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Monday, July 29th | 12:00am - 12:00am
Join us for an evening with leaders from the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. Each leader will discuss the transition from the private, not-for-profit sector to working for public agencies or vice versa.
Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking!
Thursday, May 9th 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The NYC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the 2018-19 Leadership Speaker Series' Winter event.
Friday, February 22nd 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Tuesday, October 23rd 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The NYC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the 2018-19 Leadership Speaker Series' Fall event.
Wednesday, September 26th 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Wednesday, August 15th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 3rd | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Dine and Discuss Series. Join us for an evening thinking about "Transformation in the Context of Transition" as our Dine and Discuss panel will speak to the courage and grace it takes to assess our careers, face change and transform our lives.
Wednesday, June 27th 2018
Join us for a conversation with Ann McClain Terrell, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation and author of Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education
Monday, April 30th 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
This session features local early childhood leaders speaking about their own pathway
Tuesday, February 13th 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is launching its Leadership Speaker Series. The series is designed for individuals in leadership and policy-making roles wherever children are served. Join us for our inaugural speaker, Join us for a conversation with Anne Douglass, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Executive Director at the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the author of Leading for Change in Early Care and Education: Cultivating Leadership from Within.
Wednesday, January 24th 2018 8:30am - 10:00am