The CAYL Institute intentionally worked to build a state-wide and local learning communities for the purpose of creating and building a “shared identity” among “all early educators” regardless of sector (public school, head start, etc). Not only were the Fellows members of cross-sector teams from the same community, each Fellowship meeting included time for informal and formal networking. Activities were designed to help participants interact by job-alike as well as community teams. In addition, participants were given access to tools and resources necessary to become fluent in transferring quantitative data into qualitative results. These elements were brought together with the intent to give participants and teams the opportunity to assess, reflect, and develop identifiable goals and action plans based on the information they learned from the speakers and small group discussions.