California Fellowship for Leaders in Early Care, Learning, and Health


The early childhood education field is vast, extending far beyond schools and childcare centers. This inaugural interdisciplinary cohort-based leadership development program will cultivate a strong next generation of leaders in early care, and build unity and partnership across this sector. We need movement leaders who are ready to fortify their skills towards a vision of high quality, affordable, accessible, and equitable educational systems for all children.

Rockwood is proud to share that we have partnered with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to offer this transformative fellowship to support leaders working in roles that support all children, focusing on birth through age five.  Especially as COVID-19 and contemporary social uprisings highlight the systemic racist inequalities, this fellowship will create networks of support as leaders fight for more equitable systems to support children from birth through age five.

About The Fellowship


There will be a total of five sessions, each 3 days and two nights amount of time. Training session locations and format are subject to change as we continue to respond to the needs brought on by COVID-19. The health and well-being of participants are prioritized so all social distancing protocols will be met and may result in sessions meeting virtually.

If sessions are held in person, they will occur within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley.

Each training session will include the following components: leadership practice, relationship and community building, and field-specific specialized content.

Curriculum will draw on the Art of Leadership—Rockwood’s foundational five-day program that teaches the critical personal and organizational leadership skills necessary for lasting social change leadership including visioning, listening, speaking, presentation, coaching, collaboration, and feedback skills. Subsequent sessions will draw on Rockwood’s extensive body of curriculum to advance learning about leadership and collaboration, provide fellows with opportunities to deepen relationship with one another, and integrate practices across their organizations and the field overall. Diverse field experts will join throughout the fellowship to address field specific needs. The curriculum is dynamic as it will shift to the needs of the cohort.

Session 1: December 13-15, 2020

Session 2: February 28-March 2, 2021

Session 3: April 11-13, 2021

Session 4: May 16-18, 2021

Session 5: June 6-8 or 13-15 (depending on site availability)


Eva Young

Building on 25 years of experience, Eva engages individuals and teams in transformative processes to achieve long-term, positive, and sustainable change. As a coach, Eva supports leaders in exploring choices to engage in meaningful and impactful actions in their personal and professional lives. Eva specializes in leadership development, ontological coaching, retreat and group facilitation, team effectiveness, organization culture change. Her work is centered on racial justice, equity, inclusion, and women’s empowerment. Eva has a master’s degree in social and organizational learning from George Mason University, is a certified coach from the Newfield Network, and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Community Fellow. Eva keeps deepening her own understanding and practice of mindshift learning, intersectionality, power dynamics, somatics, behavior change, and mindfulness. She works collaboratively within the philanthropic, public, non-profit, labor, and private sectors. Some of the clients Eva has worked with include: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Park Service, Tides Foundation, The W. K. Kellogg Foundation-Mexico, Service Employees International Union-Texas, Sodexo, Texaco, PepsiCo, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Juvenile Justice Network.

Yeshi Newmann

Yeshi has been facilitating workshops about women’s leadership, white privilege, racism and other social oppressions, communication, conflict resolution, organizational development, healing family relationships and mindfulness for over 25 years. She has worked as a midwife since 1970 in hospitals, clinics, and people’s homes. Her passion to bring an end to the unconscionable health disparities and to make culturally appropriate respectful health care a basic human right has been central to her work. Yeshi has also developed a relevant and inspiring curriculum for activist grandmothers. She has master’s degree in history and public Health.

Additional Program Offerings

Peer Coaching

Coaching is both an important leadership skill, and a resource for social change leaders. During the fellowship, leaders will choose another fellow to engage in a peer coaching relationship over the course of the program. Fellows will commit to a minimum of one peer coaching meeting per month during the fellowship.

Professional Coaching

Individual coaching combined with intensive training supports participants to integrate changes back home and at work. A pool of coaching hours provides for 2 coaching sessions per participant during the fellowship.

Family Care Reimbursement

Family care costs can be a barrier to full participation in residential trainings that require participants to travel away from home. This budget creates a pool of funding for reimbursement for at-home family care that Rockwood will administer.

Funds for Substitutes

While host-schools or centers are encouraged to support applicants by providing substitutes, there is a pool of funds to contribute a portion of costs incurred to hire substitutes for full participation in residential trainings.


Full tuition, accommodation, and all meals during the training session are covered. Rockwood expects that organizations, employers, and supervisors will provide support for participants to be fully present and attend the trainings. Organizations will be responsible for covering the cost of travel for leaders selected to participate in the training.

There will be a pool of travel reimbursement funds available to help offset these costs for independent workers. Additionally, a pool of funds is included to contribute to family care and substitutes while participants attend the training sessions.