The Early Childhood Leadership Academy (ECLA) is a signature initiative of Erikson Institute that embodies our commitment to enhancing leadership development in the early childhood field. ECLA offers a variety of opportunities for early childhood stakeholders to help Erikson inform the development of key early childhood policies that lead to positive outcomes for children, families, and communities. This effort draws from Erikson’s mission-driven work to ensure a future in which all children have equitable opportunities to realize their full potential through leadership and policy influence.
Our vision is to equip a diverse group of program and policy leaders with the content knowledge, tools for assessing public policy levers, and hands-on practice that will help them make a positive impact in early childhood policy. By fostering a deep understanding of how to navigate systems and how policy decisions can impact young children’s lives, the academy leads to the development of more effective policy solutions.
With this initiative, we are building on our contributions to previous leadership development initiatives formerly known as the Illinois Early Childhood Fellows and Senior Leader programs and continue to connect with and build the alumni community from these programs for networking and public policy engagement opportunities.
- For highly influential leaders in the child development field: Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows program
- For elected officials, judges, heads of state agencies, law enforcement, community leaders, superintendents and school board members: McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows program
- For early childhood board members: Board Training program