Documenting strategies for best practice is a powerful opportunity to elevate the wisdom from the field.
Documenting strategies for best practice is a powerful opportunity to elevate the wisdom from the field.

Resources

At Leading for Children, we are committed to creating free resources that can help you provide the highest quality early learning programs for young children and their families. We believe that documenting strategies for best practice is a powerful opportunity to continue to elevate the wisdom from the field by articulating and documenting strategies that work.

Videos

What does high-quality early learning practice look like in action?  Leading for Children uses a coaching/video method to promote sustainable continuous quality improvement in early learning settings. We work with educators in multiple roles capturing exemplary illustrations of best practice in action. Our interview process empowers educators to “find their voice” as they describe what they do and why.

Relationships and Interactions MATTER

Watch and listen as Mississippi educators describe their practice around relationships and interactions.

The Environment MATTERS

Watch and listen as Mississippi educators describe their practice around the emotional and physical environment.

Learning Experiences MATTER

Watch and listen as Mississippi educators describe their practice around learning experiences.

Learning Network

Mississippi colleagues describe their experiences engaging in the Leading for Children Learning Network model.

Leading for Children Innovative Ideas Award

The Leading for Children Innovative Ideas Award is our opportunity to recognize and highlight the great ideas of early childhood program directors and teachers. In addition to providing financial awards for these great ideas, we share them with the national early learning community in order to benefit other programs and their children.

Enhancing Early Childhood Program Quality: Wisdom From the Field

2018 Leading For Children Innovative Ideas Award winners

At Leading for Children, we know that early childhood educators are always finding new and creative ways to nurture and inspire children — our next generation of critical thinkers and leaders. Last year we introduced The Leading for Children Innovative Ideas Award to recognize ideas being implemented in early learning programs across the country. The focus for this year’s awards was on family engagement, literacy, and professional development. As you read the ideas included in this resource, we hope that you’ll be inspired to apply or adapt them to your program.

Enhancing Program Quality: Early Learning Directors Share Their Wisdom

2017 Leading For Children Innovative Ideas Award winners

In March of 2017 we introduced The Leading for Children Innovative Ideas Award as an opportunity to recognize great ideas being implemented by early learning program directors. These ideas support continuous quality improvement, and for this reason we want to share them with you. We received many outstanding ideas from directors around the country. We selected ideas for awards and hope you’ll feel inspired to try or adapt them or perhaps feel validated when something you read reflects practices you’re using successfully in your program.

Webinars

Be An Optimistic Leader for Children

This webinar, presented by Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks, was presented on May 16, 2019. It introduces the Leading for Children model of Optimistic Leadership. We begin with a definition of leadership in the broadest sense: how all educators must be the leaders children deserve. We discuss the Five Commitments of Optimistic Leadership and how you can practice them day by day to be even more effective at enhancing the quality of learning for every child.

Five Commitments of Optimistic Leaders

The Five Commitments of Optimistic Leaders

This article, written by Judy Jablon, was published in the November/December 2018 issue of Exchange. It introduces the Leading for Children model of Optimistic Leadership.

The Five Commitments of Optimistic Leaders: Judy’s Keynote Presentation

Judy is often asked to facilitate a keynote presentation about Optimistic Leadership. This handout captures the essential messages of her presentation. The keynote presentation examines how all educators can use the Five Commitments to enhance their practice be role models of optimistic leadership for children.