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Leading for Children is a national nonprofit that empowers adults across the early childhood ecosystem to be leaders and learners.

When we feel safe, it’s easier to be brave. We can share our ideas and speak our minds with the knowledge that our words will be met by others with openness and curiosity. Many of us, though, have lived, learned, and worked in spaces where we feel the need to…


A conversation between Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks.

Take a moment to think back to your early years in school. It’s the beginning of the year. The teacher asks a question, and hands shoot up with bright minds excited to explore and share their idea about the answer. Now fast…


A conversation between Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks.

The adults in young children’s lives make decisions each day that shape children’s futures: about the learning experiences we provide, and the relationships we build with children and adults. Our daily interactions can be full of wonder, but we can also find…


Today’s blog has been co-authored by Nichole Parks, Leading for Children’s Director of Programs.

As the school year is winding down, Amanda, a pre-K teacher who has been at Oakdale Elementary for two years, is wondering how to support the children in her class during the summer. She begins to…


Today’s blog has been co-authored by Nichole Parks, Leading for Children’s Director of Programs.

National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones speaks in his TED Talk about finding ways to celebrate what’s right in the world. In a world with infinite perspectives, finding the beauty, the joy in each day is a…


Today’s blog has been co-authored by Nichole Parks, Leading for Children’s Director of Programs.

Imagine you’re a teacher in an early learning classroom. A coach comes in for a session, you sit down together and she says, “I’ve identified two goals for you to work on, and now I’d like…


Today’s blog has been co-authored by Nichole Parks, Leading for Children’s Director of Programs.

We all have headwinds and tailwinds — factors in our lives that either propel us forward or draw us back. As we prepare for our March Leading for Children (LFC) webinar, we invite you to think…


It was 2004, the fifth hurricane of the season was about to arrive in Florida, and my mom declared that she wouldn’t evacuate her home ever again. “I’m too old for this,” she insisted. Knowing that I was not going to change her mind, but unwilling to let her go…


Today’s blog is co-authored with Tara Skiles, Director of Professional Development for the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education and a member of our Optimistic Leadership Council.

Jalissa is a professional development manager at a large social services agency on the West Coast. It’s Wednesday and as five o’clock approaches…


Another argument is brewing as Chandra tells her daughter, 10-year-old Rosie, to stop pestering her little brother, Dexter. As usual, Rosie ignores her and continues to tease her brother. This dynamic happens at least ten times a day and Chandra can’t see beyond the struggle. …

Judy Jablon and Nichole Parks

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