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Our Impact

The LFC Impact Design

Traditional models for improving quality in early care and education have been ineffective because they miss a critical element necessary for success: how the adults in children’s lives view their roles and interact with each other. The LFC Impact Design stands apart! It breaks down silos, includes all voices, and promotes equitable cross-role dialogue, reflection, and leadership development. 

Spinning Element

LFC’s Impact Design is Different

  • Build and cultivate local, place-based relationships
  • Create opportunities for individuals to envision possibilities together 
  • Support the development of Optimistic Leaders, making space for reflection and capacity-building

Inspiring Change. Changing Lives.

LFC’s programs transformed these lives.


Our Impact on Humanity

Since 2016, Leading for Children’s programs have reached adults, positively impacting the lives of numerous children. We have actively engaged in Learning Networks, spanning across multiple states including the District of Columbia.

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Children Impacted


Children Impacted

Adults Reached


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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Your Story Completes Our Vision

Each person’s story is invaluable. It is the inspiring piece of the puzzle that helps us build the bigger picture of humanity. We’d love to hear your story!

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