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FAQs

What’s happening to the Illinois Early Childhood Fellows Program?

Why is it ending?

What is the Illinois Early Childhood Senior Leaders Program?

How is it different from the Fellows program? What is it offering that is different?

How can I nominate someone for the Illinois Early Childhood Senior Leaders Program?

Do organizations have to pay to enroll staff in the Senior Leaders Program?

What’s happening to the Illinois Early Childhood Fellows Program?
In the summer of 2015, the focus was transitioned from the Illinois Early Childhood Fellows Program to the Senior Leaders Program that provides a greater impact on the field for diverse professionals in early education. The Fellows Program came to a close as the last cohort of Fellows completed their assignments in June 2015. While the program has officially ended, we will continue to provide networking support for our Fellows well into the future.

Why is it ending?
Program evolution has been expected since the launch of the Fellows Program 6 years ago. We are excited about the shift in focus to the Illinois Early Childhood Senior Leaders Program as an important next step in our journey.

What is the Illinois Early Childhood Senior Leaders Program?
The Illinois Early Childhood Senior Leaders Program, offered through Erikson Institute, allows up to 15 individuals per year to gain tremendous professional development opportunities, establish an additional important network of peers, and build their professional confidence in the area of early childhood policy – all assets that can carry them to new heights in their careers. As the nation’s premiere graduate school in child development and early childhood education, research, and service, Erikson is uniquely qualified to provide this program.

How is it different from the Fellows program? What is it offering that is different?
The Senior Leaders Program offers us greater annual bandwidth. Over the past 6 years, 13 Fellows have completed the program; moving forward, 15 early childhood candidates will benefit from the Senior Leaders initiative each year.
The program allows us to offer the entire field diversity and inclusiveness trainings, regardless of whether or not a leader candidate is chosen from their organization. Furthermore, it accelerates professional development of emerging executives, continuing our pledge to increase the volume of diverse professionals with a passion for early childhood with greater speed and effectiveness.
We will have a new nimbleness that allows us to offer targeted support strategies and create a more inclusive and diversity-focused field in a way that flourishes with greater impact.

How can I nominate someone for the Illinois Early Childhood Senior Leaders Program?
The Erikson Institute will begin promoting the nomination process in September 2015 and will be accepting nominations shortly thereafter. For more information, complete a contact us form.

Do organizations have to pay to enroll staff in the Senior Leaders Program?
There is no fee to organizations to nominate or enroll a staff member in the Senior Leaders Program. Candidates must be allowed to attend ten (10) single-day seminars, scheduled on a weekday once per month for 10 consecutive months.

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Maria Whelan, President and CEO, Illinois Action for Children