Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program


The Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program identifies, nurtures, and builds the leadership capacity of early childhood professionals to strengthen and improve the programs and policies that support young children and their families in Colorado. Each year, 20 new Buell Fellows from across Colorado participate in an 18-credit graduate certificate program offered through the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education and Human Development in collaboration with Clayton Early Learning and the Buell Foundation. The program includes the six courses below delivered in a cohort, hybrid-learning model in which Buell Fellows meet once a month in Denver for classes, supplemented with online learning experiences between face-to-face sessions.

  • Leadership for Equity in Early Childhood Programs
  • Introduction to Transformational Leadership
  • Child Development: Theory to Leadership Practices
  • Leading Learning Organizations
  • Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy
  • Community-Based Action Research (Capstone Project)

These integrated courses prepare early childhood professionals across service sectors to lead change efforts within communities, organizations, and within local and state policy contexts in service of greater access to quality programs and greater equity in outcomes for young children.

The program culminates in a graduate-level certificate with opportunities for Buell Fellows to move forward for masters and doctoral programs in several different disciplines. Graduates also are invited to participate in the Buell Early Childhood Leaders Network, vibrant network of more than 150 alumni of the program who are actively engaged as leaders and change agents across Colorado.

If you are interested in learning more or applying for the program, please visit the University’s webpage.