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Finding the Next Exchange Leaders

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

The Exchange Leadership Initiative identifies and supports leadership in early care and education. Leadership takes many forms and our Exchange leaders are everywhere, doing powerful work. They share these constants:

Exchange Leadership Criteria

Exchange leaders are grounded in their own work and are using their strengths and advocacy skills to make a difference for children, families, and their communities. They demonstrate leadership in strengthening their program or organization, and go beyond their position through building the profession, and advocating for children and families at community, state, and/or national levels.

Exchange leaders engage in work that addresses issues around young children and families and early care and education—they are program managers, classroom teachers, organization leaders, home care providers, home visitors, trainers, advocates, professors, researchers, counselors, and policy makers. 

Knowledge Base
Exchange leaders understand strong early care and education principles and practices, address diversity and equity, and are engaged in life-long learning.

Exchange leaders work collaboratively and with personal initiative to build networks around key issues and demonstrate perseverance in pursuing difficult objectives.

The act of applying for this designation is profound.
If you see yourself as a leader, that will change how you think and how you act. Each of us has the capacity to contribute to our field.

Please note that the application must be completed by the applicant. There is no nomination process, but we encourage you to invite inspiring colleagues and peers to apply. All applications are reviewed by the Exchange Leadership Initiative review team.

Applications are due by March 20, 2020. Go to to apply. The new Exchange Leaders for 2020 will be featured in the July/August issue of Exchange.

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