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Policy [M]atters Episode 1: An Early Childhood Policy Video Chat series

Episode 1: What are the implications of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization for the field of early childhood education? This video chat was recorded on June 30, 2015, by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. This is episode one of Policy [M]atters, an early childhood education policy […]

Expanding the Lens— Leadership as an Organizational Asset

Strong leadership is a vital component of any thriving organization, and early care and education programs are no exception. An emerging body of research confirms the pivotal leadership role early childhood administrators play in their centers’ quality equation (Bloom & Bella 2005; Lower & Cassidy 2007; MCECL 2010; Rohacek, Adams, & Kisker 2010; Dennis & […]

Leadership Connections Live!

Even if you can’t make it to the Leadership Connections™ national conference this year, you can join us virtually. View the Livestream and check out the live Twitter conversation! Live video stream from the Leadership Connections national conference Public Policy Forum May 14, 2015 Joan Lombardi retains all rights to the materials shared  in this […]

Quality Improvement in Program Administration through Directors’ Support Cohorts

Initiatives to improve administrative practices in early childhood programs take many forms. Some models are high-intensity, providing substantial external support for directors—formal training leading to an advanced degree, high dosage of technical support for achieving accreditation, and on-site coaching addressing multiple facets of program leadership and management. These high-intensity models have been shown to yield […]

Family Engagement and Marketing Resources

Family Engagement and Marketing Webinar from McCormick Center on Vimeo.   DOWNLOADS   Cheat sheets courtesy Luisa Cotto   ADDITIONAL LINKS Twitter 4 Professional Development & #Conferences webinar recording Giovanni on Twitter Luisa on Twitter  

The Impact of the Work Environment on Job Burnout

A recent report by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages,¹ highlights the relationship between poverty-level wages and high turnover among early childhood teachers. High turnover in early childhood programs disrupts center operations, alters the workplace environment, and affects the quality of teaching. But low wages are not […]

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