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 coaching, consultation and programs using an anti-racist and equity framework to build the capacity of leaders on early childhood science, social service systems and current issues affecting young children and their families. We highlight opportunities to influence equitable policy development, resource allocation and alignment across systems. 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.

Our goal is to develop leadership in early childhood advocacy to influence policies for healthy early childhood programs and child development policies.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ECLA staff is focused on providing 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.

The ECLA has paused introducing new cohorts for the Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows (BBLF) and McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows (MFEF) programs until it is safe to gather.