Early Ed Leadership & Innovation

We train frontline early educators and child care business owners in entrepreneurial leadership, and research ways to support them at scale

July 25, 2022
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We’re hiring!

We are now hiring for multiple positions in order to extend our work and its impact. You can learn more about each position by clicking on the link.

Instructional Leadership Program Coordinator: The Instructional Leadership Program Coordinator for the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation provides day-to-day management, leadership, and coordination for all aspects of the Instructional Leadership program, including grant compliance, monitoring and reporting, and maintaining communication with the funder.

Research Analyst (several openings): The Research Analyst(s) is responsible for project implementation working under the direction of the Research and Evaluation team at the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation. Research Analysts’ work focuses heavily on activities related to data collection, analysis, and reporting of findings. Depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant, the position may entail writing duties and some independent project tasks.

Metro Boston Early Childhood Leadership Coach: The Early Childhood Leadership Coach will be responsible for the delivery of coaching services as part of the leadership coaching team at the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation and its grant-funded projects with the MA Department of Early Education and Care.

ECSO Early Childhood Coach: The Early Childhood Coach will be responsible for the delivery of coaching services as part of the leadership coaching team at the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation and its grant-funded projects with the MA Department of Early Education and Care.

StrongStart PDC Manager Program Assistant: The Program Assistant for the StrongStart PDC Manager at the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation is responsible for supporting the five regional StrongStart Professional Development Centers (PDCs) across the state. The Program Assistant will provide administrative support for the Statewide PDC Management team to enhance coordination of PDC activities, management of deliverables, and attainment of PDC goals.

July 25, 2022
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Leading for Change in California: Deo Agustin

Deo Agustin’s career in early care and education (ECE) began during the Great Recession, when she was laid off from her job as a program manager at a tech company. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in math before immigrating to the U.S. from the Philippines with her family in 1993, Deo had worked her way up from the motherboard assembly line to worldwide materials management to program management.

Deo Agustin

She credited her professional success to hard work, intelligence, and an interest in understanding how systems work—qualities that came in handy when her mother, who ran a family childcare in Adelanto, CA, suggested they weather the recession by going into business together. For Deo, opening a family childcare business was motivated by practicality rather than passion. She needed to work, but she had never felt called to care for children. After trading in her corporate uniform of blazers and heels for child-friendly casual wear, Deo wondered what she had gotten herself into.

“I was crying,” she recalled. “I’m like, ‘Oh Lord, is this really for me? I’m changing diapers!’”

Fourteen years later, Deo feels very differently about what she and her mother created.

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July 25, 2022
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Early Ed Leadership Institute Awarded $3.8M

The Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at UMass Boston (the Early Ed Leadership Institute) announces that it has been awarded $2.5 million by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to manage and enhance the delivery of professional development and training offered to the state’s licensed early educators through EEC’s five regional StrongStart Professional Development Centers (PDC). The state also awarded the Early Ed Leadership Institute $753,469 to operate the Metro Boston StrongStart Professional Development Center and $600,000 to scale its Early Education Quality through Instructional Leadership (EQIIL) professional learning model. EQIIL supports early education and care leaders to use job-embedded professional learning to promote instructional quality and a culture of continuous learning.

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July 21, 2022
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Leading for Change in California: Roxana Flores

Since founding her home-based family childcare business 12 years ago, Roxana Flores has cared for more than 50 children at Roxana’s Day Care in San Jose, CA, many of them now tweens and teens who still visit her. She provides professional coaching for other family child care providers, and during our May 14, 2022 Leadership Forum on Early Education, Research, Policy, and Practice, Flores shared her expertise as a panelist in a session about how to better recognize and elevate family childcare.

Roxana Flores

The journey to becoming a successful business owner was not an easy one. As a new immigrant to the United States from Mexico and the single parent of a young child with special needs, Flores launched her career as a family childcare owner in part so that she could better care for her daughter. At one point, her days stretched from the early morning hours until well past 10 at night as Flores held down a job, got her daughter to daily speech therapy appointments, took courses toward her early care and education license at night, and maintained her household.

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