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Rebuilding and Reinvigorating Early Childhood Leadership Capacity Post-Pandemic: Three State Action Plans

June 28 2023
3:00 PM EDT

One of the impacts of pandemic has been the significant loss of early childhood program leaders — leaders who are critical to the success of early childhood programs and classrooms. Three states have tackled this challenge by accessing existing partnerships and funding strategies. North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina have 1) braided, partnered, and blended funding streams to pay for professional development that includes extensive provider incentives; 2) refined existing database systems by streamlining data collection and tracking, and 3) delivered an online national director credential curriculum. Join us to learn more about this important work and ways to better support early childhood directors and other leaders.


  • Jane Humphries, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University
  • Kristine Jenkins, SC First Steps, 4K program
  • Rebecca Lamar, Pennsylvania Key
  • Kris Madden, Pennsylvania Key
  • Pam Palmer, New World Now, LLC
  • Jennifer Prince, Early Childhood Section of the North Dakota Department of Health & Human Services

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