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Taking Charge of Change™

A 20-year review of empowering early childhood administrators through leadership training While there is consensus among policymakers and practitioners about the importance of strong leadership in early childhood, few states have made leadership training a high priority in the implementation of their career development systems. Illinois stands out as a notable exception. For the past […]

Getting Intentional About Supporting Each Child: The Difference You Can Make

Recent research in the early childhood field has revealed that, when it comes to quality in early childhood programs, one size does not fit all. The learning and development of each child is influenced by gender, race, ethnicity, language, ability, socio-economic factors, and especially family—factors that comprise each child’s unique culture.

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 […]

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 […]

Program Administration Scale (PAS) 2nd. Ed.

Teri N. Talan and Paula Jorde Bloom | Research consistently finds that high-quality administrative practices are crucial for ensuring beneficial results for children and families.  This valuable tool includes 25 items clustered in 10 subscales, which measure both leadership and management functions of center-based early care and education programs. The PAS can be used in […]

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