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Illinois Enacts Protection from Preschool Expulsion

On August 14, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB2663, a bill that will protect children in publically-funded early childhood programs from being expelled. This groundbreaking legislation is in response to a joint statement issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education in 2014 calling for states […]

How does the leadership gap impact you?

Teri Talan, our Senior Policy Advisor, spoke recently at New America in Washington D.C. at an event called The Power of Leaders in Early Learning. As part of the panel, she shared her insight into how states and organizations can better prepare leaders through policy for the early childhood workforce. Watch below to hear from […]

Top 5 Things I Wish I Had Known as a Director

I often think about my time working as a director in a child care program and wonder how different things would have been if I had known then, what I know now. As time passes and I gain new experiences and insights on leadership in early childhood education, I frequently ask myself what I would […]

#LCNC17 in Review

The 17th annual Leadership Connections™ national conference brought together more than 700 early childhood leaders, who heard inspiring keynote speakers, took part in an engaging public policy forum, attended 80+ skill-building sessions, and networked with other leaders in the field. Leadership Connections was opened this year by Richard Sheridan, author of Joy, Inc. He showed us that the status quo does not […]

Whole Leadership: A Framework for Early Childhood Programs

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the January/February 2016 edition of Exchange magazine As the nation addresses the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council’s report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation,1 leadership is emerging as an important component for increasing workforce capacity in early childhood […]

Is Early Childhood Education a Profession?

This may seem like a no-brainer but, in reality, this seemingly innocuous question forces practitioners to answer tougher questions first. What does it mean to be a profession? Are those who currently self-identify as early childhood practitioners willing to accept and promote the professional necessity of narrowing the scope of practice of early childhood educators? […]

McCormick Center partners with NAEYC, 29 other organizations for Power to the Profession

Note: Read Teri Talan’s reflection on how early childhood leaders fit into NAEYC’s Power to the Profession initiative.  NAEYC is leading an important new initiative, Power to the Profession. P2P is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation. […]

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