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The Exchange Leadership Initiative (ELI) launched in November 2014, with the intention to explore strategies for making leadership more visible in the field of Early Care and Education, growing in understanding of the qualities, training, and skills sets that underlie leadership and fulfilling our responsibilities in supporting and developing leaders.

We undertook the search for Emerging Leaders as treasure hunters, seeking what we knew to be there but which we could not yet see. Exchange Emerging Leaders were announced in the May/June 2015 issue of Exchange magazine.

Exchange continued to focus on leadership with the announcement of Master Leaders in the November/December 2015 Exchange magazine. We are grateful to everyone who applied in these leadership searches and for the dedication and care which each of the Review Team members brought to the challenging task.

Exchange Leaders are currently engaged in writing articles for Exchange magazine, participating in surveys about the field, connecting in-person at conferences and gatherings, and advising and creating a presence through social media. Many Emerging Leaders attended the Action Forum on Early Childhood Leadership (an experience designed specifically for them) before the NAEYC conference in November, 2015. A group of Exchange Leaders met at the 2016 NAEYC conference where they toured Exchange Leader Eric Nelson's program and brainstormed about future plans for ELI.

Next steps include a meeting at the World Forum in Auckland, New Zealand May 9-12, 2017. It is our intention that Exchange, in collaboration with other professional organizations, continues the search and support for leadership in ECE. Once identified, these leaders will be invaluable in plotting our ideas and initiatives into the future as they lead us.

For questions or for more information contact pamb@childcareexchange.com.

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