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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, […]

Ready, Set, Assessment!

by Kia L. Hill

November 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: With the school year in full swing, formal program assessments are once again underway. Preparing for assessments such as the ECERS-R, ITERS-R, FCCERS-R, SACERS, PAS, BAS, and/or CLASS can be a source of anxiety for administrators. The McCormick Center will publish blogs during November to give administrators tips and resources to help them […]

Paper, Paper, Everywhere……….

by Paula Steffen

November 14, 2014

Editor’s Note: With the school year in full swing, formal program assessments are once again underway. Preparing for assessments such as the ECERS-R, ITERS-R, FCCERS-R, SACERS, PAS, BAS, and/or CLASS can be a source of anxiety for administrators. The McCormick Center will publish blogs during November to give administrators tips and resources to help them […]

Why does leadership development matter?

by Teri Talan

November 5, 2014

What makes an early care and education program effective? What shifts an early childhood organization into a dynamic learning organization not just for children, but for families and staff as well? What turns a particular early childhood organization into a great place to work? The answer to each question is the same—leadership, leadership, leadership. Strong leadership […]

5 Free Tools Early Childhood Leaders Need to Try

by Giovanni Arroyo

October 3, 2014

Over the years I have worked as computer tech and technology trainer. At the McCormick Center I help early childhood leaders learn how to best utilize technology in their programs.  Below are five underused tools that I find to be highly beneficial. They can lighten your workload, make sharing items easier, and lessen the time […]

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