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Who Do You Serve?

by Richard Sheridan

October 16, 2017

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post authored by Richard Sheridan, author of Joy, Inc., and CEO, Chief Storyteller, and co-founder of Menlo Innovations. Richard was the opening keynote speaker at the 2017 Leadership Connections™ national conference, which is hosted by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.   I had the great honor of […]

Whole Leadership for Family Engagement

by Michael B. Abel

September 26, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article was originally featured in the Summer 2017 edition of Kansas Child Magazine, a publication of Child Care Aware of Kansas. FOR DECADES, the value of partnering with families to support children’s learning and development has been touted among early childhood care and education leaders. Initiatives to enhance family engagement in early childhood […]

How does the leadership gap impact you?

by McCormick Center Staff

August 3, 2017

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

by Flora Gomez

July 5, 2017

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 […]

Policy [M]atters, Episode 8 | Professionalizing Early Childhood Education: Roles and Compensation

by McCormick Center Staff

April 30, 2017

Policy Matters is a quarterly video chat series between Teri Talan of the McCormick Center and a guest author in early childhood policy. Our guest author for Episodes 5-8 is Stacie Goffin. Want to catch up or revisit the series? Explore previous chats and topics here. Thank you for joining us for Policy Matters: Episode […]

Whole Leadership: A Framework for Early Childhood Programs

by Mike Abel | Teri Talan | Marie Masterson

March 22, 2017

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?

by Teri Talan

March 8, 2017

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? […]

Policy [M]atters, Episode 7 | Professionalizing Early Childhood Education: How Do We Get From Here to There?

by McCormick Center Staff

January 26, 2017

Policy Matters is a quarterly video chat series between Teri Talan of the McCormick Center and a guest author in early childhood policy. Our guest author for Episodes 5-8 is Stacie Goffin. Want to catch up or revisit the series? Explore previous chats and topics here. Welcome to Policy Matters episode 7. Episode 7 is […]

5 Simple Ways to Create a Pleasant Work Environment

by Leslie Gilbert

January 4, 2017

As an early childhood program leader, you already know that having consistent teaching staff is important for young children and families. Research from the Association for Childhood Educational International indicates that teacher turnover affects child outcomes. Turnover is associated with three basic causes; low compensation, high teacher-child ratios, and difficult working conditions. Let’s explore five […]

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