Become the leader you were destined to be. We can help.

Not everyone is born with strong leadership skills. But we can help you build on the ones you have and learn new ones.

LEAP is a leadership-training program that provides an outstanding overview on the components of leadership, skill-building exercises, and precious insights into understanding individual and organizational change, economic and political issues in child care, building alliances and more.

LEAP participants are encouraged to tell their own stories, understand these experiences in the context of our history and our community, and use this knowledge to identify steps toward change.

See what some recent participants are saying about LEAP

“Being the only one at the table without a voice was intimidating. Now I have something to say.”

“LEAP pulled a lot out of me and I am glad. They found what was deep inside and brought it to the fore.”

“I don’t feel so alone now. I feel a new empowerment.”

Grow with your community. Build the connections you need to make your voice heard.

A joint effort of DVAEYC and PennAEYC, the PA Early Childhood Fellowship program was launched in 2009 to train a new generation of early childhood leaders.

Over the course of five two-day sessions, the Fellowship is designed to educate, connect, and support emerging leaders working to effect positive change in the field of early childhood education.

Fellowship members participate in 90 hours of group work, engage in local and statewide ECE advocacy campaigns, and complete an individualized action plan. The Fellowship can be used for professional development in a variety of ways—Act 48 credits, Directors Credential renewal and PA Keys professional development hours—with undergraduate and graduate credit a future possibility. 

For more information, download the PA Early Childhood Fellowship Application or contact Pamela Haines (Public Policy Coordinator) 215-893-0130