Strong Early Childhood Programs Start with Building Strong Leaders

In a time when only 48% of children entering kindergarten are ready to learn, strong early childhood programs are more important than ever. And strong programs start with strong leaders. Decades of research point to leadership as the critical driver of educational improvement.

To share how the Ounce of Prevention Fund is working to help develop these instrumental leaders, we hosted an educational seminar on November 19, 2015.

Ann Hanson, director of advancing quality, shared how the Ounce has developed Lead Learn Excel™ to help early education leaders and organizations establish a culture of continuous learning and instructional excellence that promotes ongoing improvement, effective teaching and better child outcomes. The initiative is designed to elevate program quality and scale this work to help improve outcomes for young children nationwide.

Sue Mayernick, principal and director of early childhood programs for Schaumburg School District 54, also spoke to attendees about her first-hand experiences as an early childhood leader and a Lead Learn Excel™ participant. Mayernick shed light on the importance of this work to build strong early childhood leaders by describing early learning as “the foundation for closing the achievement gap” in her school district.