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Illinois Enacts Protection from Preschool Expulsion

On August 14, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB2663, a bill that will protect children in publically-funded early childhood programs from being expelled. This groundbreaking legislation is in response to a joint statement issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education in 2014 calling for states […]

McCormick Center Announces National Status Report on Early Childhood Program Leadership

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University announced a new report in June on the state of early childhood leadership in the United States. The L.E.A.D. Early Childhood™ Collaborative was launched in 2016 to identify and close the program leadership gap. The McCormick Center developed the L.E.A.D. Early Childhood™ Clearinghouse, the new […]

McCormick Center partners with NAEYC, 29 other organizations for Power to the Profession

Note: Read Teri Talan’s reflection on how early childhood leaders fit into NAEYC’s Power to the Profession initiative.  NAEYC is leading an important new initiative, Power to the Profession. P2P is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation. […]

Whole Leadership Framework now available in Exchange

The Whole Leadership Framework, which has been in development for more than a year, has been published in the January/February edition of Exchange Magazine. Here’s an excerpt: 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 […]

Introducing our new Executive Director, Donna Jacobson

EMBODYING LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATION TO CHILDREN, DONNA HAS TAKEN THE LEAD AS OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR A dedicated and enthusiastic nonprofit professional, Donna has served for more than 20 years in the fields of child welfare and early learning. As a leader, she is extremely passionate about empowering staff, providing opportunities for growth, team building, and […]

Exchange to Publish Whole Leadership Framework

After 18 months of development we are pleased to announce that the Whole Leadership Framework will be presented in the January/February issue of Exchange. With input from practitioners and key thought leaders in early childhood education, the Framework will clarify some of the most complex ideas in the field. It is built on three domains: […]

Talan Letter on Anti-Bias Published in EdWeek

With the release of Yale’s recent research study, the early childhood field has focused on implicit bias. On Nov. 1, Education Week published in print and online a letter to the editor on implicit bias written by Teri Talan, Michael W. Louis Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, […]

Introducing our new Director of Quality Assessment

We’re excited to announce that Dr. Marie Masterson has joined our team as the Director of Quality Assessment. In this role, Marie is responsible for managing the McCormick Center’s contracts with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services to provide program quality monitoring, assessment, and supports for ExceleRate Illinois, […]

Dr. Teri Talan Named New Endowed Chair

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Teri Talan, currently serving as Interim Executive Director and professor of early childhood education, on her appointment by National Louis University as the Michael W. Louis Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.  Teri joined the McCormick Center in 2002 and the faculty of the National College […]

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