The Impact of Leadership Development on Early Childhood Education

A Preliminary Review of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Leadership in Action Program

By Research Center for Leadership in Action, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2007


Giving leaders a chance to bond and collaborate over one single goal helped establish the first Leadership in Action program (LAP) for  the Casey Foundation. Maryland’s LAP (MLAP) brought together 40 leaders focused on school readiness. The Baltimore City LAP (BLAP) blossomed from that first effort. The documentation study interviewed participants about the impact of LAP on their ability to make a measurable difference. This report reviews LAP implementation and presents recommendations to improve the quality of the program moving forward.

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Key Takeaway

The LAP Approach

Leaders using the LAP approach found that strengthening powerful relationships by turning from individual goals to adopting a collaborative commitment helped children enter school ready to learn.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations