UMass Boston

Leadership Network

The Leadership and Innovation Network sustains and re-energizes established and emerging leaders in early care and education with events, hackathons, and a statewide annual conference that shares new research and best practices in the field. Participation in Leadership Network events is built into our Leadership Program curriculum. In this way, students create connections that reinforce their work as leaders and continue to grow long after they graduate.

Graduates of our leadership programs are eligible to receive mentoring, networking, access to funding opportunities, and other business support opportunities. We offer topic- and issue-specific events focused on entrepreneurial leadership development and research. Events are structured to allow for and encourage the creation of working groups and networking among ECE stakeholders including teachers, parents, policy makers, educators, students, and business owners and entrepreneurs.

The Leadership Forum on Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice

This annual conference convenes established and emerging leaders in ECE working in the field and in government, academia, and philanthropy. The day-long conference features the innovative policy and project ideas of leadership program graduates and builds action-oriented networks among attendees. The conference is held each spring at UMass Boston.

Hear more about our Leadership Forum and the amazing leadership of our alumni.


This institute is part of the College of Education and Human Development.