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Fellowship For Prenatal-To-Three (PN-3) Leaders

Leaders working in the prenatal to age three policy field play an integral role in maintaining the overall health and wellness of our young children, families and communities. The work that these public and private sector leaders do at the national, state and local level on issues related to childcare, family support services, healthcare and economic security, is moving us all toward a healthier, more equitable future.

Rockwood is proud to partner with the Pritzker Family Foundation’s Children’s Initiative to offer this transformative fellowship to build a strong, supportive national network of emergent and established leaders across sectors.

About The Fellowship

This fully-funded pilot fellowship program will bring together cross-sector, local and state early childhood leaders from the public and private sectors that are committed to supporting PN-3 systems change through sustainable, transformative leadership practices.  Over the duration of this fellowship, the cohort will attend two rigorous four-day retreats that will focus on building important leadership skills like visioning, stress management, and establishing effective partnerships. Fellows will also receive professional and peer coaching sessions, and additional leadership support. Leaders in the cohort will form deep connections with others in the PN-3 movement and build a sense of community that is essential to doing this work effectively and sustainably.


All in-person sessions and locations are subject to change as we respond to COVID-19. We prioritize the safety and well-being of participants and are following the most up-to-date public health recommendations.

  • SESSION 1: Monday, March 27th – Thursday, March 30th 2023
  • SESSION 2: Monday, June 5th – Thursday, June 8th 2023

Attendance at all sessions is required for participation in the Fellowship.



J.K. Nelson

For over 20 years, J.K.’s work has been driven by an essential burning question, “What makes a great leader a great leader?” An organizational development specialist and dynamic facilitator, J.K. is a leading voice in supporting organizations to create a strong culture in which everyone is a leader. In addition to an obsession with leadership, J.K. also supports organizations to adopt and implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion best practices into all aspects of their work.

Yeshi Neumann

Yeshi has had two principal callings for her work in the world. Since 1988, Yeshi has facilitated hundreds of trainings on leadership, women’s leadership, disrupting white supremacy/racism and other social oppressions, conflict resolution, effective communication, family healing and mindfulness. For the last 12 years she has been a trainer with Rockwood Leadership Institute, and facilitated the fellowships for leaders in the immigration rights and early childhood education spaces. She loves coaching leaders to become even more powerful, creative and resourceful at the same time that they commit themselves more fully to their own well-being. As an actively practicing midwife since 1970, Yeshi has had the amazing good fortune of receiving new life into her hands over and over again including her 4 granddaughters. Her work of “catching babies” has been inseparable from her dedication to making affordable, respectful, culturally relevant healthcare a right for everyone, not a privilege. Yeshi’s social identities include white, jewish, cisgendered bisexual woman, mostly able-bodied person and elder. She is dedicated to the practice of meditation, Qi Gong, and dancing. She lives in Coastal Me Wok territory (Muir Beach, California).



    Up to two virtual Community Calls will support participants’ relationship building and learning outside of the structured training session time. Participants will have the opportunity to practice tools and skills they learned from the sessions as well as deepen their relationships and connections across the cohort.
    Coaching is both an important leadership skill and a resource for social change leaders. During the Fellowship, leaders will be partnered with other Fellows to engage in a peer coaching relationship over the course of the program.
    Individual coaching combined with intensive training supports participants to integrate changes back home and at work. Each participant will have access to up to two coaching sessions during the program.


Full tuition, accommodation, and all meals during the training session are covered. There will be a pool of reimbursement funds available to help offset costs for travel, family care, and accessibility needs during the program.

Rockwood expects that organizations, employers, and supervisors will provide support for participants to be fully present and attend the trainings. We encourage applicants to, as part of the application process, ask their organizations for the additional resources they may need to fully participate in the training.

Rockwood Community Call

Cecily Rose Engelhart

Master Certified Life Coach, Speaker, and Designer

September 28 | 12 PT / 3 ET