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Tom Fitch to receive 2015 Corporate Champion for Change Award

WHEELING, IL — March 27, 2015 — Leading a construction company and a child care center lends Tom Fitch the metaphors he needs to make the case for early childhood education in newspapers and in front of state government committees. “Building a strong economy requires the same approach as planning for a good construction project. A solid […]

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 receives $500,000 grant from Robert R. McCormick Foundation

CHICAGO, May 28, 2014 — In a show of support for strengthening the quality early childhood learning, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. McCormick Center will use the funds to ensure effective program leadership in all early childhood settings […]

Sue Bredekamp to receive the 2014 Visionary Leadership Award

WHEELING, IL — May 9, 2014 —In recognition of her profound dedication to the advancement of the early childhood education field, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is pleased to present Dr. Sue Bredekamp with the 2014 Visionary Leadership Award. The award ceremonies will take place May 15, 2014, at […]

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