2019 Early Childhood Leadership Institute

The Snelling Center for Government invites members of the public, nonprofit and private sectors to apply for admission to the Early Childhood Leadership Institute. The application process is highly competitive, with up to twenty-five associates selected on the basis of their achievements, demonstrated interest in early childhood issues, community, and potential for leadership.

Successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • Potential to provide the leadership needed to address issues of statewide significance;
  • Serious and sustained interest in their communities,
  • Achievement in their professions and/or civic life,
  • Real potential for responsible and effective leadership in Vermont, and
  • A commitment to realizing the promise of every Vermont Child.

The Snelling Center is a non-partisan organization. As such, we encourage applicants from a variety of perspectives and we welcome ideological diversity.

The ECLI Class of 2019 will begin its training in May of 2019. The program is rigorous and demands a significant time commitment, plus a deep commitment to personal growth and development and to making a difference in early childhood work in Vermont.

Most session days take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with one overnight per session. Each session requires some advance preparation and some follow-up. Because of the interactive and interconnected nature of their time together, ECLI Associates are expected to make a full time commitment to the program and to their own learning and development. The Snelling Center is seeking candidates with a strong sense of integrity and ethics, a disposition towards transparent and collaborative leadership, and the ability to build consensus and political support.

Tuition for 2019 Program

Program Tuition: $500

Program Subsidy: $5,200

Total Program Fees: $5,700

Participants are responsible for $500 of the $5,700 program fee. The State of Vermont will subsidize $5,200 for each participant using federal grant funds.  Limited scholarships are available.

If program associates wish to reserve a single occupancy room for the 6 overnight sessions, participants are responsible for an additional $500 fee, with single occupancy tuition totalling $1,000 ($500 tuition+single room upgrade $500).  

The Early Childhood Leadership Institute requires a genuine commitment of energy, time, patience and heart. Associates are expected to be on time and come prepared to each session. Applicants are assumed to value genuine dialogue and inquiry, curiosity about the early childhood issues facing Vermont, and are committed to the state, learning, and their own personal growth. The program design acknowledges that growth and learning can be uncomfortable. We strive to create a safe place for associates to stretch their thinking, challenge their beliefs, and try on new ideas. The ECLI 2019 program involves twelve days, with six overnight sessions, between May and October. Associates are expected to participate fully and should have the support and commitment of their employers.


Recruitment for the ECLI Class of 2019 will begin in January 2019. As part of the selection process, you may be asked to participate in an interview. Interviews will be held January – March.

The application process includes:

  • Application process opens January 2019; applications due by March 1st
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation (details can be found in the application)
  • Remittance of a nonrefundable $25 application fee
  • Participation in an interview or informational meeting

ECLI Application Process Checklist

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE 2019 Early Childhood Leadership Institute