Early Education Leaders, an Institute at UMass Boston

provides the leadership development opportunities and infrastructure that early educators need to support thriving children and families.

From Massachusetts to Maryland


The Leadership Institute is pleased to announce that our leadership curriculum is being adopted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Maryland Early Childhood Leadership Program (MECLP). We’re excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to bring our replicable model of entrepreneurial leadership in early care and education (ECE) to other states.

We have collaborated with MECLP on adapting our innovative, research-based curriculum “Leading for Change in Early Education” to offer a joint course to the inaugural cohort of MECLP fellows. Dr. Anne Douglass, our founder and executive director, is teaching the course.

MECLP is a program of the Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, designed to accelerate leadership development in the ECE field. MECLP’s stated mission is to develop and support leaders “who will catalyze positive change and significantly improve school readiness and related outcomes for early learners, particularly disadvantaged and vulnerable children and their families.”

The course we developed with MECLP is a year-long hybrid of in-person sessions and online coursework in which fellows will discuss and reflect on new content and work together to develop testable solutions for critical problems of ECE practice and policy; engage with guest presenters and the MECLP Advisory Committee to build leadership networks; engage in online discussions, homework/reading assignments, and video conferences/webinars via the web-based learning platform Blackboard, and complete individual and small group projects, and individual or group capstone projects.

The curriculum is grounded in seven core competencies:

  1. Vision, or the ability to see the larger system and establish shared understanding of complex problems with others.
  2. Personal leadership skills and values
  3. People management/leadership
  4. Organizational capacity, or the effective use of data and research to inform decisions and priorities, leading others through change, conflict management skills, obtaining and maintaining critical resources
  5. Results and outcomes
  6. Creativity and innovation
  7. Public policy knowledge

We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on the shared goal of building generations of building generations of ECE leaders from within the profession in order to improve the quality of ECE for some of our most vulnerable children.

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