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On October 16, 2013 a national, early childhood special education leadership summit was held in San Francisco, CA at DEC's 29th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families. The summit format was a facilitated, focus group discussion in which participants shared their perceptions of what is needed to build and preserve the field’s leadership capital. There were 18 participants who were nominated as leaders in the field and represented researchers, faculty, program administrators, teachers, other personnel, and families of children who have received special education services. This report summarizes the background and rationale, methods, preliminary findings, and recommended actions.