The leadership component of our Center embodies the true essence of integrated teamwork for leaders in Early Childhood (EC) education.

In our leadership training Technical Assistance (TA) program, a specific team of professionals from each state is selected to be trained and perform continued work on integrating their programs, policies, and personnel into state early childhood initiatives for infants and young children who receive services under IDEA.

Each state begins their leadership training by attending a 3-day Leadership Development Institute in Connecticut. This ECPC-funded conference is led by renowned experts in the early childhood field and discusses topics related to the history and structure of the early childhood community, family perspectives, workforce issues, collaboration, and leadership and sustainability. More detailed information about the materials used in our Institutes can be found by visiting our Leadership Institutes page.

With the guidance of an ECPC-provided leadership TA consultant, leadership teams from each participating state develop a personalized action plan that will be implemented in their state post-Institute.

The ECPC communicates and collaborates, on an ongoing basis, with OSEP-funded projects, as well as other U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded early childhood-focused centers, as appropriate. This collaboration includes the joint development of products, the coordination of TA services, the planning and execution of TA meetings and events, and participation in local, state, regional or national initiatives in EC development by our management team. This collaboration is largely influenced by the integrated skills and knowledge obtained from the participating professionals that make up each of the state leadership teams and from our integrated graduate students.

Graduate Students

Graduate students are integrated in Center activities through webinars, project meetings (national and regional) and preparation of materials. These students serve a critical part in providing leadership consulting and/or management to the over 20 states that have participated at some level in this program. These students participate in ongoing learning opportunities to enhance their ability to provide leadership to the field of personnel preparation at the completion of their academic program.

Learn more about the opportunities we have available by visiting our Graduate Training Opportunity webpage of the UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities website.

Our Leadership States

Cross-Cohort Leadership Institute States

To date, ECPC has recruited and trained 28 States across the five cohorts listed below.

Cohort #1: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Rhode Island, & South Carolina

Cohort #2: Alaska, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia & Washington DC

Cohort #3: Hawaii, Michigan, New York, Ohio, & Puerto Rico

Cohort #4: Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, Vermont, & Washington

Cohort #5: Connecticut, Florida, & Indiana

We are currently accepting applications for Cohort 4 to begin April 2017!

Leadership ApplicationApply now by completing our Leadership Institute Application. If you are interested in participating in this Institute, please complete the attached registration form and email to Jessica McKenty at

You can apply though our online submission form here:

Online Leadership Institute Application

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