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Early Childhood Job Satisfaction Survey Tool

The Early Childhood Job Satisfaction Survey (ECJSS) is a career guidance tool that early childhood directors can use with staff. The resulting profile helps staff reflect on those aspects of their work that contribute most to job fulfillment. How does it work? Step 1: Print and distribute Part I of the ECJSS to the individual worker to complete. […]

Blueprint for Action 2nd. Ed.

Paula Jorde Bloom | Blueprint for Action provides a framework for understanding early childhood centers as organizations and how change takes place in programs. The book was designed to help directors move beyond a “quick fix” notion of center improvement by serving as a guide for program analysis and action. It details a comprehensive method […]

Director Qualifications in State Professional Development and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

This document details state director credentials. It also lists the format, components, and contact information of state quality rating and improvement systems, as well as director qualifications within each state’s QRIS.  (Note: This is a working document. Alert us to updates in your state. Last updated April 11, 2012.)

Program Administration Competencies

This document lists the competences that guided the development of the Illinois Director Credential. Early childhood administrators need a strong foundation in the fundamentals of child development, early childhood education, and organizational management in order to guide the instructional practices of teachers and support staff and establish systems for smooth program functioning.

Accreditation as an Alternative Pathway to Quality in QRIS

Of the 24 statewide quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), 21 include linkages to national program accreditation and 15 include accreditation status as an alternative pathway to quality at a specific level of a statewide QRIS. While there is general agreement that program accreditation status is a valid measure of overall quality, little attention has been paid to the relationship between accreditation status and the threshold scores […]

Rethinking our Reliance on Praise

As an administrator, you most likely spend time observing teachers and providing feedback on their performance. Do you praise them or do you provide them with encouragement? What is the difference? Understanding the difference between praise and encouragement can help you find ways to support peak performance.

PAS Certified Assessors

The individuals listed successfully completed Assessor Reliability training on the Program Administration Scale (PAS). During the training they achieved reliability, went on to become Certified PAS Assessors, and have maintained that certification.

Assessment Feedback Form—Assessor

Assessors can use this form to provide feedback about each PAS assessment they do as part of certification and/or recertification. The McCormick Center will use the feedback you provide to make improvements in the assessment process. Please return your form to the McCormick Center along with the copy of the center’s completed PAS book and […]

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