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Igniting Change: Empowering Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Education Advocates

The Black Child Development Institute of Atlanta (BCDI-Atlanta) proudly presents the Leadership & Equity Advancement Network (LEAN) – an online community designed to bring together childcare program owners, center directors, and family/group childcare providers and anyone dedicated to shaping a brighter future for Black children and their families.

The LEAN Community is a hub of collaboration, support, and resource-sharing. LEAN is rooted in monthly webinars and is evolving into a dynamic online community fueled by the Expand ECE (Early Care & Education) initiative. 

What is LEAN?

LEAN is not just a community; it's a movement that brings together Early Childhood Education (ECE) stakeholders and anyone invested in the well-being of Black children and their families. It's a platform for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and collective action. Monthly LEAN Gatherings offer programming and ongoing leadership support for childcare program owners, center directors, and family/group childcare providers.

Who Should Join?

Whether you're an experienced professional or just starting your journey, this forum invites you to engage in meaningful discussions, share valuable resources, and contribute to the ongoing conversation on advancing equity.

How to Get Involved:


1. Introduce Yourself: Start by sharing a brief introduction. Let the community know who you are, your role in early childhood education, and what drives your commitment to equity.

2. Engage and Share: Participate in discussions and share your thoughts, media, or create polls for advancing equity in early care and education. Your input is invaluable, and your experiences can inspire others.

3. Spread the Word: Help amplify LEAN's impact and grow this community! Share this invitation with your network, inviting fellow advocates, educators, and professionals dedicated to making a difference in Black children's and their families' lives.

Join LEAN Today!

Join us in this empowering community, connect with like-minded professionals, and contribute to the movement shaping the future for Black children and their families in Georgia. Together, we can make a lasting impact and build a more equitable early education landscape. 

The Leadership & Equity Advancement Network (LEAN) Gathering and Community Leadership Awards Reception, held on February 20, 2024, preceding the 5th Annual Culturally Responsive ECE Leadership Summit, will be a great in-person opportunity to fellowship with other ECE stakeholders as we give our community leadership award winners their flowers. This will allow you to engage with other early education stakeholders while enjoying great food, a good drink, and a live musical performance by Georgia's own Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, Anthony David.


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