The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has long been concerned with leadership issues in early childhood. NAEYC has throughout its history offered a variety of leadership opportunities to its membership and others through efforts such as participation in advisory groups for position statement development; consulting editors for peer review of journal articles and books; and board service at local, state and national levels. In 2009 NAEYC launched the Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign to raise additional funds to further our leadership efforts. The Legacy Leader Fellows Program is one outgrowth of that Campaign. During the last four years, NAEYC has been able to extend its leadership development work using enrichment fellowships in partnership with existing early childhood leadership development programs around the country.
Dr. Martha Muñoz has served as the coordinator for the Legacy Leader Fellows Program (LLF) and liaison between Leadership Programs, Fellows and NAEYC since 2010. Synergies have been created by connecting NAEYC Fellows engaged in identified leadership development programs with each other, and the leadership of NAEYC. By empowering the NAEYC Fellows to then in turn help develop the next cohort of LLF, the Association will leverage resources to create a comprehensive approach to nurturing and sustaining a diverse leadership pipeline.
The fourth cohort of the Legacy Leader Fellows was selected in the spring of 2013. In addition to their involvement in a recognized leadership development program, Fellows participated in a specially designed set of leadership development experiences crafted by NAEYC, while completing a project with their Affiliate. This set of experiences will provide Fellows with a broad survey of the field of early childhood education, while engaging them in real time, practical activities that will build valuable skills sets.
- Fellowship Calendar
NAEYC-Recognized Leadership Development Programs
- Criteria for NAEYC Recognition
- List of NAEYC Recognized Program
NAEYC Legacy Leader Fellowship
- Fellowship Eligibility
- Fellowship Award
- Fellowship Expectations
NAEYC and the Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign have generously supported the Legacy Leader Fellowship (LLF) for four years. Given the transition in Association leadership and the outcomes of the National Dialogue Phase III, which will result in a new Association governance structure, a decision has been made to pause, gather data, and evaluate the outcomes of the LLF. As such, there applications for future cohorts will not be considered at this time. Applications for the Lasting Legacy Campaign Scholarship for the Professional Development Institute and Annual Conference will continue to be available.