Across the country, the subject of childhood obesity has become the focus of attention. Earlier this year, President Obama signed an executive order creating a federal childhood obesity task force and first lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move! campaign to inspire young children to get active and eat healthy. At the same time, Jamie Oliver hit the airwaves with his television show Food Revolution, targeting […]
Compare your center’s risk management plan to a white water rafting guide. Would your plan be able to navigate you through the uncharted territory of a crisis the same way an experienced guide navigates the water, rocks, and rapids of a river? Looking back as a director of my own center years ago, my center’s risk management plan would have been a novice guide at […]
I love email. I depend on it a lot. I can relay specific details to any number of ‘need to know’ persons at the click of a send icon. I can do it any time of day, without playing endless phone tag or waking someone up on the wrong side of the time zone. I can get ‘newsy’ information out fast and […]
Directors often lament how difficult it is to get teachers to implement teaching practices that are child-centered and developmentally appropriate. The reason for the difficulty is that professional development efforts typically focus on increasing teachers’ knowledge base. Clearly knowledge is important; the workshops and college classes that teachers attend and the books and articles they read are essential for expanding their understanding of child development and early […]
It is 8:00 a.m. and Sean lies in the cozy corner of the toddler room. He is wearing his winter coat and a knit cap covers his face. His arms are tightly folded around his body. He is a large, burly mass of four-year-old boy. A substitute teacher enters the room. She approaches Sean and lifts up the knit cap. A wary […]
If you’ve been an early childhood director for even a short time, no doubt you’ve experienced a day or two when conflict came knocking at your door. I remember one emotional encounter like it was yesterday. Michelle, one of the preschool teachers in my program, came into my office and slammed the door behind her.
A new study of the early childhood workforce in Illinois finds that the education level for lead teachers in community-based programs has dramatically increased over the past seven years. The study, Who’s Caring for the Kids?, was conducted by faculty at National-Louis University’s McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership and the Early Childhood and […]
Who’s Caring for the Kids provides a comprehensive study of the early childhood workforce in Illinois. This 2008 edition highlights the changes in the education, background, and stability of the workforce since the publication of the first Who’s Caring for the Kids report in 2001. The report paints a picture of an emerging system of […]
Trust is a powerful form of motivation and inspiration. People want to be trusted. They respond and thrive on trust. As leaders in the field of early care and education, it is important to establish, nurture, and sustain trusting relationships—not as a way to manipulate people, bus as the most effective way of working with others and getting results.
Many organizations are like a lost traveler. They move along a path without a set destination or overall course of action. Like a rudderless sailing ship, they are at the mercy of the winds of chance. Their days are filled with constant problem solving, jumping from one crises to another. As business leaders, early childhood […]