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Early Childhood Education / Leadership
Maurice Sykes has made advocating for and advancing high-quality
early childhood education his life’s work. Through mentorships,
presentations, and personal example, Maurice challenges and inspires
educators to become effective leaders who make a difference in
children’s lives. He does the same in this book as he shares stories of
the hills and valleys of his personal and professional journeys throughout
the presentation of eight core leadership values: human potential,
knowledge, social justice, competence, fun and enjoyment, personal
renewal, perseverance, and courage.
Use this book to develop the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind you
need to be a successful leader—and do the right thing for children,
whether you serve at the individual, organizational, or classroom level.
Building the quality of the early childhood workforce and developing competent
leaders is one of our greatest challenges. Maurice’s voice is clear and strong as
he outlines a set of core principles that serve as a roadmap to successful and
enlightened leadership. It’s a must-read for novices as well as for those more
seasoned in the field.
—Jacqueline Jones, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Policy and Early Learning, US Department of Education
A fascinating story of the search for meaning in professional leadership.
It will energize young readers to aspire and help oldsters to reexamine their
—Barbara T. Bowman, Irving B. Harris Professor of
Child Development, Erikson Institute
Maurice Sykes has written an incredibly important book about the need for
leadership in early childhood education.
—Michael J. Petro, Executive Vice President,
Committee for Economic Development
Maurice Sykes is the director of the Early Childhood
Leadership Institute at the University of the District of
Columbia’s National Center for Urban Education.