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Stronger Adults =

Stronger Children =

Stronger Communities

We practice the groundbreaking Humanity First Model for early learning founded by Judy Jablon. Our Mutual Learning Method honors the wisdom and dignity of everyone who cares for and educates our children to ensure they thrive.

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About LFC

Follow the Leader

Children listen, look, and model themselves after what’s around them. By exhibiting human kindness, you teach them to be compassionate little humans.

Humanity is not a lofty idea, it’s the heart of our daily life. It is what we say and do and how we treat others. It is the soul of our community, and it is what children experience and learn from every day. Building our humanity is fulfilling our true potential. It is not an option, it’s a necessity. And it’s not only for some of us, but for all of us.

Humanity starts with you.

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Our Approach

Our Groundbreaking Humanity First Model Developed by Judy Jablon

To create the next generation of critical thinkers and leaders, we must ensure that every child has a sense of agency, that the child believes they can make things happen. This requires that children grow and learn in relationships with adults who are empowered to take positive action on their behalf. For this to happen, a humanity-centered holistic approach to early care and education that is inclusive, equitable, and collaborative is an imperative.

Our Impact

Lasting Impact Starts with You

Since 2016, Leading for Children’s work has empowered adults in diverse communities, resulting in a more optimistic future for thousands of young children.

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Children Impacted

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Adults Reached


Stories of Transformational Impact

When I started Leading for Children’s mutual learning program, I was the only home care provider in the room. As an immigrant, mother of three, and non-native English speaker, there were many barriers for me, but I have always felt welcome here. The mutual learning space always felt safe, where all members can be ourselves. Mutual learning creates space for exploratory conversations and relationship building. We broke out in smaller groups to discuss topics and brainstorm. I have learned about resources that have been helpful to families I serve. This helps to break down silos within the early learning field....
– Karina Soares
Family Child Care Provider, California
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Mutual learning with Leading for Children is a reminder that all the adults in early learning are working for that same goal, for the children. We talk about perspective-taking a lot, and that reminds me to take a breath and try to understand what the other person is thinking. If our goal is the same, I know we can get there. This is an active effort to build a community across the state. I’ve really been trying to be more aware of my impact. We talk with children about the impact of their words and actions, asking them to consider...
– Casey Sims
Teacher, Alabama
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As Executive Director of the Tallahatchie Early Learning Alliance, my role is to unite the community in supporting children to thrive. I became aware of the need for unity and shared purpose several years ago, when there was a big push for developmentally appropriate practice from the state level. There was a lot of information for people to utilize, but many didn’t have the confidence or sense of permission to make changes. Leading for Children creates space for communities to co-construct solutions. Now, we own the ability to create our own power within the community; others do not create the...
– Leigh Sargent
Executive Director, Mississippi
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I got involved with Leading for Children as part of the group that created Wyoming’s statewide framework for ensuring equity and quality for children. Leading for Children did a great job of making everyone feel that their voices mattered. Even though I kept thinking “I don’t run a daycare; my expertise is in pharmaceuticals!”, I saw how my experience as a parent has given me important knowledge to share. The Learning Network was a great place for sharing wisdom and helped me feel better about parenting. I’m a college professor as well, and I’ve started incorporating the practice of staying...
– Sarah Pence
College Professor, Wyoming
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LFC Resources

Discovering. Learning. Thriving.

We offer resources for individuals and communities to deepen their mutual learning experiences through intentional reflective practice.