The new Early Childhood Leadership Academy is a signature initiative of Erikson Institute that embodies our commitment to enhancing leadership development in the early childhood field. The academy will offer a variety of opportunities for early childhood stakeholders to help Erikson influence the development of key early childhood policies to create 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 an 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 will lead to the development of more effective policy solutions.
With this new 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.
The Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows program, named for one of Erikson’s founders, is the newest initiative of the Early Childhood Leadership Academy. The eight-month program is designed for full-time professionals in the child development field who hold leadership positions within nonprofit organizations or government in Illinois.
Learn more about the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows Program and criteria to apply.
A select group of nonprofit organizations and government agencies is being invited to submit nominations. If you are an applicant who would like to be nominated by your organization, please feel free to contact us and we will send an invitation to the potential nominator of your choice. All applicants must have a nomination completed on their behalf, and acceptance into the program will be contingent upon supervisor approval by a qualifying organization.