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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 […]

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 […]

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