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140 Characters + Me: Leveraging Twitter for Advocacy

by Kara Lehnhardt

February 17, 2015

Editor’s Note: Part of your job as an early childhood leader is to spark conversations and raise awareness about the importance of early care and education. But for many of us, the word “advocacy” seems intimidating and hard to manage. Throughout the next several weeks the McCormick Center will publish blog posts that provide some […]

Early Childhood Advocacy for Dummies | Part 2

by Tarah Kadzielawski

February 8, 2015

Editor’s Note: Part of your job as an early childhood leader is to spark conversations and raise awareness about the importance of early care and education. But for many of us, the word “advocacy” seems intimidating and hard to manage. Throughout the next several weeks the McCormick Center will publish blog posts that provide some […]

Early Childhood Advocacy for Dummies | Part 1

by TARAH KADZIELAWSKI

February 8, 2015

Editor’s Note: Part of your job as an early childhood leader is to spark conversations and raise awareness about the importance of early care and education. But for many of us, the word “advocacy” seems intimidating and hard to manage. Throughout the next several weeks the McCormick Center will publish blog posts that provide some […]

Engaging Diverse Families in Your Early Childhood Program

by Wendy Guerrero-Rivera

January 30, 2015

Editor’s Note: Winter brings a diverse collection of celebrations. As our nation’s demographics shift and blur the once distinctive cultural lines, these holidays offer time for reflection on diversity’s role in early childhood education. Throughout the next several weeks, the McCormick Center will publish blog posts that highlight cultural diversity and offer tips to administrators […]

The Value of Culture in Your Family Partnerships

by Lorena Rodriguez

January 22, 2015

HOW TO DEVELOP A CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING WITHIN YOUR PROGRAM Editor’s Note: Winter brings a diverse collection of celebrations. As our nation’s demographics shift and blur the once distinctive cultural lines, these holidays offer time for reflection on diversity’s role in early childhood education. Throughout the next several weeks, the McCormick Center will publish blog posts […]

Getting to the Heart of Quality Teaching

by Rebecca Berlin, Chief Strategy Officer, Teachstone | Guest Author

January 14, 2015

Editor’s Note: This week the McCormick Center welcomes guest blogger Rebecca Berlin.  Her post helps bring together our blog conversations from November and December as we think about how assessment and professional development come together to support teaching and learning. Program leaders’ understanding of what it means to provide quality teaching has changed quite a […]

What They Gave Was More Than $1 Billion

by Teri Talan

December 11, 2014

HOW THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE INVESTMENTS INDICATES A SHIFT IN THINKING In case anyone has missed the news, yesterday was a really big day for those of us who are passionate about the well-being of children and committed to ensuring access for all children to high quality early learning opportunities. In fact, my […]

Role of the Facilitator: A Personal Perspective

by Jami McCormack

December 9, 2014

Editor’s Note: Professional development is essential to the role of an early childhood professional—so much so that many states now require providers to obtain some level of ongoing training. With the vast number of options available, it can be overwhelming for providers to decide which type of training to pursue. During the month of December, […]

Peer Learning Teams: Where to Begin

by Ann Hentschel

December 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: Professional development is essential to the role of the early childhood professional—so much so that many states now require providers to obtain some level of ongoing training. With the vast number of options available, it can be overwhelming for providers to decide which type of training to pursue. During the month of December, […]

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