Exchange for Child Care has released their list of Exceptional Master Leaders for 2016. Asnuntuck Community College’s Coordinator for Early Childhood Education and Interim Program Coordinator for Human Services Carol LaLiberte, is one of two educators in Connecticut to receive the honor. LaLiberte leads the National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited Early Childhood Education program at the college. She is also active with the Town of Enfield’s KITE program.
Exchange for Child Care uses specific criteria when selecting their recipients. Recognizing the importance of leadership skills the organization looks to select experienced professionals (over age 45) who have proven themselves as able leaders in their organization, and who are taking leadership in building the profession and advocating for children and families at the local, state, and/or national levels. The roles held by candidates are another area that they find important. They consider Master Leaders to be those organization managers, advocates, trainers, writers, researchers, counselors, public officials and/or policy makers – anyone whose work serves young children, families, and early childhood professionals. The organization selects recipients who have a knowledge base deep understanding of early childhood research, principles, and practices, including addressing diversity and equity. Finally the organization wants candidates to showcase a spirit about the subject of early childhood education. Applicants selected for the recognition are professionals demonstrating the ability to work collaboratively, to build networks around key issues, and to demonstrate perseverance in pursuing difficult objectives.