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

June 18, 2022
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Ninth annual Leadership Forum on Early Education, Research, Policy, and Practice showcases inspiring and innovative Change Projects  

What did attendees of our ninth annual Leadership Forum on Early Education, Research, Policy, and Practice think of the event? 

They loved it! 

But don’t take our word for it. Take theirs. 

Below is a representative sample of feedback from attendees: 

  • “Hearing so many perspectives and new solutions for persistent challenges!”  
  • “The passion!”
  • “The opportunity to network.” 
  • “Learning from different perspectives and hearing how they can collaborate to continually improve our field.” 

“This is what we see year after year and it’s what makes this event so special,” said Lynne Mendes, Director of Leadership Programs for the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation. “At this event, early educators showcase their expertise and make connections they would not have had the chance to make otherwise.” 

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June 2, 2022
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Family Child Care providers lead for change

Nearly everyone who has worked in the field of early education has had the experience of hearing the expertise required to work with very young children dismissed as little more than “babysitting.” 

It’s a serious issue. 

When policymakers and voters do not understand that the foundation of quality early education begins with a highly skilled workforce, they are far less likely to make the investments required to ensure that every child has access to high quality care and education.

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June 8, 2021
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Leadership Forum 2021

Attendees of the 2021 Leadership Forum, which was held via Zoom.

The event that anchors our Leadership and Innovation Network—the  Leadership Forum on Early Education, Research, Policy, and Practice—was held this year in a virtual format May 15. More than 150 emerging and established leaders in early care and education (ECE) logged on to share their ideas and innovations in the areas of quality improvement, racial equity, systems change, and other areas of practice and policy, making for an inspiring and informative day. 

“This was a VERY SPECIAL experience!” one attendee shared in a survey after the conference. “Like the [Post-Master’s Certificate program] this forum embodies the spirit of leadership diversity, whole-person, whole-community: from the music to the bringing together of folks from all different “sectors”, places in ECE, experiences in ECE, to the very welcoming and supportive atmosphere of the presentations, all rooted importantly and necessarily in the inherent value of children, families, communities, equity, dignity, diversity. Thank you so much!” 

This year’s conference marked the first time that Spanish translation was available to attendees, in addition to a Spanish-language breakout session, thereby allowing for greater accessibility for our students and other community members in attendance.  Continue Reading →

May 20, 2021
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Photos from the 2021 Leadership Forum on Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice

Our annual Leadership Forum on Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice was held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 via Zoom. Over 100 attendees, all established and emerging leaders in the field of early care and education, participated in presentations and breakout sessions focused on the innovative quality improvement, racial equity, and system change ideas of our leadership program graduates. Continue Reading →

April 13, 2020
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Leadership Forum Cancelled

Due to on-going measures to contain the coronavirus, we are cancelling this year’s Leadership Forum on Early Education Research, Policy and Practice, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 16.

Our annual gathering brings together established and emerging leaders from the field of early care and education (ECE) who are working to lead and implement changes to improve early childhood practice, policy, and research. It’s an important networking event for ECE professionals and policymakers who exchange ideas and learn from each other at the day-long event.

Though we were incredibly disappointed to have to make this decision, the public health and safety of our attendees, students, and early educator graduates from our leadership programs is of paramount importance.

Work by our Leadership Fellows to advance new ideas and innovations for the field of early care and education continues, however, and we look forward to showcasing their projects at next year’s Leadership Forum.

May 24, 2019
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At Leadership Forum, ECE practitioners get a call to action

Image shows graduates of theof the Small Business Leadership and Innovation course, one of our leadership development programs, celebrating their success at the Leadership Forum. They are smiling and joyful.

Graduates of the Small Business Leadership and Innovation course, one of our leadership development programs, celebrated their success at the Leadership Forum.

In her welcoming remarks for the Institute for Early Education and Leadership Innovation’s sixth annual Leadership Forum on Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice, Anne Douglass, PhD emphasized the need for practitioners of early care and education (ECE) to lead for change in the field. Continue Reading →

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