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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 […]

Should teachers have cell phones in the classroom?

by Sue Offutt

May 14, 2013

Do you have your cell phone in your workplace?  Should teachers be allowed to have their personal cell phones in the classroom?  Listen to this Heart Conversations on Leadership radio segment to learn what may be appropriate and what may not be. If you have a policy addressing cell phone usage by teachers and by parents in […]

The countdown begins…

by Donna Jonas

May 8, 2013

Seven days and counting until the Leadership Connections national conference begins! Each time I go over the schedule and see all the amazing presenters, rich and informative content, and fun activities, I get more excited for the day to come. One participant I spoke with today told me how pleased she was to be coming […]

How Southwest Human Development is Using Aim4Excellence™

Cohorts of the Aim4Excellence™ National Director Credential exist around the country. In my role at the McCormick Center, it’s been exciting to work alongside states and professional development organizations as they expand leadership development opportunities for early childhood administrators through this innovative online initiative. Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the many locations where Aim4Excellence is […]

Welcome to the McCormick Center’s New Website!

by Sue Offutt

March 29, 2013

Welcome to the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership’s new website!  We invite you to explore the many ways we have redesigned our site to be user-friendly to our expanding early care and education audiences.  Whether you are a program administrator, family child care provider, training and technical assistance specialist, policymaker, or college instructor, we […]

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