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Leadership Opportunity:

In this unsettled Covid 19 environment, amid your extra efforts to protect and nurture young children, we look forward to fall and 2021 with optimism and a sense of renewed awareness for the needs of young children, their families and communities. With the future in mind, I’m delighted to let you know about an exciting opportunity and to ask your help in circulating this information to interested Maryland early childhood professionals.

The Maryland Early Childhood Leadership Program (MECLP), a program of the Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities at UMBC, is a workforce initiative designed to accelerate leadership development in the field of early childhood.  MECLP seeks to develop and support strong leaders who will catalyze positive change and significantly improve school readiness and related outcomes for early learners, particularly disadvantaged and vulnerable children and their families.

As its first major Leadership Development activity, MECLP contracted with the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation (IEELI) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston to adapt and deliver IEELI’s innovative, research-based curriculum. The modified curriculum is tailored to the specific needs of Maryland’s early childhood community and encompasses seven core leadership competencies that will build skills, knowledge and dispositions. Fourteen MECLP Inaugural Fellows are currently taking the year-long adapted hybrid curriculum, Leading for Change in Early Childhood Education – SHER 601 – on Saturdays at UMBC.

MECLP is now accepting applications from outstanding early childhood professionals and those in related fields representing ethnic, geographic and affiliation diversity in Maryland. The cohort of 14 2020/21 MECLP Fellows, drawn from applicants, will participate in the Leading for Change in Early Childhood Education Course, a year-long leadership development curriculum.   The new Cohort will convene at an October Orientation and begin the course in January 2021.

Applications are due June 19th either submitted online at or emailed to [email protected].  For further information, please email [email protected]

Application Form
Cohort Program Description
MECLP Overview
Reference Form MECLP Fellows 2020

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