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-Warren G. Bennis
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Mid-Hudson Leadership Networking Meeting

As a member of the Mid-Hudson Leadership Initiative, you are invited to join our monthly networking meetings. Our meetings create a space for you to connect with leaders throughout the region, learn from one another, share stories, strategies, feelings, and resources. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. This is a time for you to engage with your peers, build relationships, and find inspiration and encouragement as early childhood leaders. 

Meetings are held at least once per month. Afternoon and evening meetings available!

Mark your calendars for our next meeting: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sessions Available Between Tuesday, September 20th 2022 and Wednesday, June 14th 2023

Book Group: Don't Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms

How can we dismantle inequities and provide nurturing, responsive care and education to all children?

Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms leads early childhood professionals to explore and address issues of bias, equity, low expectations, and family engagement to ensure culturally responsive experiences. Importantly, this book will challenge you to consider your perceptions and thought processes.

Session #1: Thursday, July 13th from 3:30-5:00

Session #2: Thursday, July 27th from 3:30-5:00

*Register by June 1st

To receive a copy of the book, include your preferred mailing address with registration.


Sessions Available
Thursday, July 13th, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Thursday, July 27th, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Book Group: Latina Empowerment Through Leadership

In Latina Empowerment Through Leadership, 8 women of color come together to share stories, untold secrets and life lessons about what it truly means to be a mindful leader. You'll see leadership isn't about a job title. Leadership is about perseverance and knowing that you can empower yourself to come through ANY struggle. 

Join us for a lunchtime discussion of this collection of inspiring stories!

Session #1: Tuesday, August 1st from 1:00-2:00

Session #2: Tuesday, August 8th from 1:00-2:00 

*Register by June 15th 

To receive a copy of the book, include your preferred mailing address with registration.

Sessions Available
Tuesday, August 1st, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 8th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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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.

The Initiative Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter 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: December, 1969 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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