Why do we need Optimistic Leaders for Children?
We know that young children thrive in an environment of trusting relationships with the adults who care for and educate them. By following the Five Commitments, the adults in young children’s lives model equitable relationships and exercise intentionality in their decision making.
Optimistic Leadership serves as a powerful counter to systemic racism and inequities. All adults — regardless of skin color, educational background, or socioeconomic status — can practice the Five Commitments and be models of leadership for children. In the process, adults model behaviors that help children develop their own sense of agency, a deep belief in their power to make things happen.
When we surround children with such exemplary models of leadership, their early learning experiences set them on a path to be the next generation of leaders.