As a member of the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative, you are invited to join our monthly virtual networking meetings. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. Participants will send questions in advance of the meeting or come to the meetings with questions, strategies and resources to share, or an interest in listening and learning from others' experiences. This is a space to share stories, strategies, feelings, ideas, resources, and words of encouragement about leading an early childhood program in the Southern Tier region.
Sessions Available Between Tuesday, January 17th 2023 and Saturday, December 30th 2023
As a member of the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative, you are invited to join our evening networking meetings on Zoom. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. Participants will send questions in advance of the meeting or come to the meetings with questions, strategies and resources to share, or an interest in listening and learning from others' experiences. This is a space to share stories, strategies, feelings, ideas, resources, and words of encouragement about leading an early childhood program in the Southern Tier!
This networking event is geared toward family and group family providers, but all program leaders are welcome!
Sessions Available Between Saturday, April 1st 2023 and Friday, January 26th 2024
Join the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative in our final book group of 2023, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High (Third Edition). A Crucial Conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong! This three-part lunchtime series will support program leaders in understanding how to master dialog skills for improved relationships and results. This event is open to the first 15 people registered. All participants will receive a copy of the book by being committed to this this meaningful book study!
Wednesday, November 29th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday, December 6th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday, January 10th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
In this Leadership Initiative discussion, we'll welcome panelists from a variety of roles in Early Intervention. Our panelists will discuss the early intervention process, including observation, documentation, communication and working together with families and staff to support the development of each child. We'll also share regional resources and organizations that can support our Southern Tier leaders and your staff!
Monday, December 4th 2023 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.
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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.
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.
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