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Reflections on Transitional Leadership Part I | The Exiting Leader

by Paula Jorde Bloom

August 29, 2014

Today marks an important milestone in my life—my retirement from National Louis University. I came to NLU 30 years ago, lured from a faculty position at Mills College in Northern California with the exciting opportunity to develop and implement a new graduate program in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy. I had been a center director […]

Reflections from a First-Time Leadership Connections Participant

by Melissa Nagengast

June 20, 2014

As a first time attendee of the McCormick Center’s Leadership Connections national conference, I arrived in Chicago excited about an opportunity to attend an event. It seemed more intimate than other national conferences I’ve attended, but that had speakers and sessions as respected and thought-provoking as the “larger” events offered to the Early Childhood Community. […]

Getting Ready for the BAS Online

by Jill Bella

January 15, 2014

We’re excited to announce a new training opportunity on the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) that can take place in your own home or anywhere you have internet access!  Now you can get a basic understanding of the BAS, a tool used to measure and improve business and professional practices in family child care […]

Strong Start for America’s Children Act

by Teri Talan

November 19, 2013

You may have heard this week that Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Representative George Miller (D-CA), and Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. This bill is a bipartisan response to the President’s Preschool for All proposal introduced during his State of the Union address. It is an important step forward in ensuring access […]

Directors, Take Action!

by Sue Offutt

August 14, 2013

We know that most early childhood directors have not received specialized training before being promoted into their leadership positions. For 28 years the McCormick Center for Early  Childhood Leadership has focused on early childhood leadership.  Our early years focused on research relating to the quality of work life of early childhood educators. Today, we focus on […]

Staff Reflections | 2013 NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

by McCormick Center Team

June 21, 2013

June 9 – 12, staff from the McCormick Center attended and presented at the 2013 NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in San Francisco. Below you will find reflections on the conference from a few of those who attended.  “One of the most inspiring sessions I attended at the National Institute for Early Childhood […]

Getting Ready for the PAS Online

by Jill Bella

June 17, 2013

We’re excited to announce a new training opportunity on the Program Administration Scale (PAS) that can take place in your own home or anywhere you have Internet access!  Now you can get a basic understanding of the PAS, a tool that measures leadership and management in programs, by registering for the Getting Ready for the […]

Taking Charge of Change™ — 20 years and onward

by Safiyah Jackson

May 31, 2013

Leading an organization through change that drives quality improvement is a complex job. Taking Charge of Change™ will empower you to embrace the process. We are currently preparing to kick off the 21st cohort of this leadership development program and ask that you join the movement. During our 2013 Leadership Connections Conference we announced a […]

Leadership Matters | An Animated Metaphor

When it comes to quality early childhood education, leadership matters. This 70-second video considers the role of the early childhood administrator and examines why leadership and management knowledge and skills are so vital in orchestrating high-quality programming.  The video also highlights the McCormick Center’s commitment to provide these leaders with resources and support. We hope […]

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