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Family Child Care Initiative Coming Spring 2015

WHEELING, IL — December 1, 2014 — National Louis University recently received a grant of $50,000 from an anonymous donor in support of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. The grant will provide resources for the McCormick Center to launch a new initiative, the “Facilitating Leadership in Family Child Care” program, which delivers a […]

Talan, Bloom, Kelton study published in Early Childhood Research and Practice

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

Bloom’s legacy featured in National Louis University’s Alumni Magazine

Paula Jorde Bloom, founder of the McCormick Center, was recently featured in the fall 2014 edition of the National Louis University Alumni Magazine. The edition bears the title “Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future.” After 30 years of dedicated service to early childhood leadership, Bloom retired from NLU in August. The article, “Leading the Leaders,”  […]

Hentschel, Carter probe use of quality assessment tools in Exchange

Alongside Margie Carter, the McCormick Center’s Ann Hentschel offers insight into finding the balance between innovation and accountability in a recent article published by Exchange. Carter and Hentschel’s dialogue, “Recalibrating Quality Improvement: Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?”, critically examines how quality assessment tools can support program improvement through empowering and engaging teachers. Hentschel: “Too often […]

McCormick Center announces Rob Dugger as the 2014 Corporate Champion for Change Award Recipient

WHEELING, IL — April 25, 2014 — Policy director of the American Bankers Association and multi-billion dollar hedge fund managing director are not titles usually associated with “tireless early childhood advocate,” but Rob Dugger is all three and more. In recognition of his dedication to the early childhood education field, the McCormick Center for Early […]

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Participates in the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge in Illinois and Delaware

WHEELING – August 26, 2013. The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is pleased to announce its role in helping Illinois and Delaware improve developmental outcomes including school readiness for their states’ youngest children. Illinois and Delaware are among 14 states that were awarded four-year grants through the Race to the […]

Illinois State Board of Education Contracts with McCormick Center to Monitor Quality in Preschool for All Programs

July, 2011, Wheeling, IL – The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University was awarded a $5,100,000 six-year contract from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to provide quality assurance monitoring of Preschool for All programs serving children ages 3-5 in Illinois. The McCormick Center currently conducts program quality assessments for […]

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