Our Early Childhood Leadership Academy (ECLA) provides leaders with dynamic and collective learning experiences to enhance their capacity to influence early childhood policy leading to positive outcomes for young children and their families.

We offer unique programs that equip decision-makers and influencers with the resources, skills, and deep knowledge about early childhood development that will support their efforts to make lasting change. Participants include leaders from the field of early childhood as well as elected officials, judges, heads of state agencies, members of law enforcement, board members, and community leaders.

To safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, the ECLA will delay introducing new cohorts until 2021 for the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows (BBLF) and McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows (MFEF) programs. Nominations for MFEF and BBLF programs will be announced in February 2021 and May 2021, respectively. Staff will provide virtual tailored coaching and training to leaders and stakeholders who have participated in our programs, providing critical support to advance previously developed policy memos and action plans.
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