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-Warren G. Bennis
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Southern Tier Leadership Initiative: Information Sessions

Please join the Southern Tier Regional Coordinator for an information session to find out about the support, resources and programs that the Southern Tier Early Childhood Professional Development Institute's Leadership Initiative has to support you in your leadership journey!  These Information Sessions will go over all the opportunities that we provide to you or an upcoming leader in your program to advance your leadership skills, build networks and provide insight on future programming.  This 30 minute presentation will also have a 30 minute Q&A Session afterward to answer specific questions you may have! 

Sessions Available
Thursday, January 19th, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Monday, January 23rd, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, January 31st, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday, February 8th, 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Southern Tier Leadership Initiative 2023 Networking Meetings

As a member of the Southern Tier Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our monthly virtual networking meetings. Come network with your peers. 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.

Third Tuesday* of every month, 1:30pm-2:30pm, via Zoom

(*Second Tuesday, for June, November and December)

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, January 17th 2023 and Saturday, December 30th 2023

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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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Comments or Questions?

Contact us with questions about the leadership initiative:

leadershipinitiative.southern@earlychildhoodny.org

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 newletter 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!

Read the Latest: November, 2021 Browse our newsletter archive

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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