You have a board meeting scheduled in two months and you need to find a replacement for a board member who recently moved. What do you do? If you are like most early childhood program directors, you spent more time recruiting your teachers and support staff than you have recruiting board members for your program. When Directors […]
Socrates summend up the secret to a meaningful life in two simple words—”Know thyself.” Self-awareness means knowing your needs and values, your strengths and limitations, your passions and your idiosyncratic quirks. It means having a deep appreciation of what makes you a unique specimen on this planet. On a deeper level, self-awareness means knowing how you react […]
In addition to the challenges of supporting staff and keeping an early childhood center running smoothly, directors are routinely called upon to defend the value of the active, engaged learning experiences they provide in their programs. Many directors have experienced losing an enrolled family to a highly structured and academically-focused program because parents have a misunderstanding that “children are […]
As business leaders, early childhood program administrators can learn how to take charge of their organizations. Through timely and careful strategic planning, many problems can be anticipated or even prevented. By engaging in a proactive planning process, directors can anticipate potential problems and opportunities and create a plan of action for each potential future situation.
You’ve probably heard the tale of the six blind men standing around an elephant, each feeling a different part of the animal. One touched the trunk and announced that an elephant was like a snake. Another took hold of the tusk and compared an elephant to a spear. Another felt the leg, declaring that an elephant was like a tree trunk. Still another […]
When I changed careers in 1989 from practicing child advocacy law to directing a child care program, I was shocked to see firsthand how our society devalued this important work. I had experienced only high esteem in my work as an attorney. In sharp contrast, as an early childhood administrator I felt the important work I was […]
This study looked at the role perceptions, job performance, and career decisions of individuals who had participated in two leadership training programs between 1993-2003: The McCormick Leadership Training Program and Taking Charge of Change. The research revealed the many ways that participating in leadership training enhanced participants’ personal and professional growth.