Equity for every child begins with equity for all of the adults in their lives.

Every child deserves to have access to vibrant, high-quality early care and education.

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Sharing Wisdom

Leading for Children brings together all the adults in a child’s ecosystem — family members, educators, program staff, and program leadership — for mutual learning and leadership development. Adults gain self-empowerment as they recognize that their ideas, and experiences enhance the wisdom of the group.

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Building Equity

Together, adults cultivate the optimistic leadership skills and equitable partnerships we want children to develop. We co-create respectful program climates, deepen learning experiences, and provide safe emotional and physical spaces for all children.

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Promoting Sustainability

Adults build and sustain equitable partnerships across the early learning ecosystem and model self-empowerment and respect for all voices in their interactions with children. In these thriving communities, diverse groups of adults work collaboratively toward more inclusive and resilient systems.

When we surround children with a community of adults who have confidence in their own sense of agency, we create the next generation of critical thinkers and leaders.

Learning Networks Across the Country

Rooted in equity, LFC’s Learning Network approach cultivates leadership for all adults in the child’s ecosystem. Learning Networks bring together educators, caregivers, and others to work across silos, build relationships, share positive practice, and grow as Optimistic Leaders for Children.

We currently have Learning Networks in the following states:






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New York



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