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Aim4Excellence™ | Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) has partnered with the McCormick Center to offer Aim4Excellence cohorts to administrators of DFSS programs.
Chicago DFSS administrators work to build leadership and management skills by completing the Aim4Excellence National Director Credential online modules with the support of monthly face-to-face cohort gatherings. In addition, participants receive 15 quarter hours of college credit through National Louis University and points toward the Illinois Director Credential at no cost to them.
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Aim4Excellence™ | ExceleRate™ Illinois QRIS
Beginning in July of 2016, Illinois directors will need the Illinois Director Credential to meet the Director Qualifications standards for the Silver or Gold Circles of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois. Directors can complete Aim4Excellence modules to meet the Education and Training in Early Care & Education Administration component of the Illinois Director Credential. Points will be notated on the participant’s Certificate of Completion for each Aim4Excellence module. View details: http://aim4excellence.nl.edu/assets/idc_breakout.pdf
In 2010, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, in collaboration with the Grand Victoria Foundation, developed a professional growth opportunity for a select group of early childhood leaders from across the state of Illinois. Promoting Excellence in Family Child Care was designed to provide training and technical assistance for 30 early childhood leaders in Illinois in how to use the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) to support providers in improving the business and professional practices of their family child care programs.
In 2008, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and the Grand Victoria Foundation joined forces to create a professional growth opportunity for a select group of early childhood leaders from across the state of Illinois. Supporting Directors as the Gatekeepers to Quality was designed to provide training and technical assistance for 30 early childhood leaders in Illinois in how to use the Program Administration Scale (PAS) to support center directors in improving the administrative practices of their early childhood programs.
As part of the Race-to-the-Top/Early Learning Challenge, Illinois developed ExceleRate Illinois, a cross-sector quality rating and improvement system designed to improve the developmental outcomes of children enrolled in early learning and development programs located in centers, schools, and family child care homes. ExceleRate Illinois has four progressive Circles of Quality that build upon licensing standards as the foundation of quality. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) is embedded in each of the Circles of Quality for center-based programs.
This project was designed to support the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (formerly Children and Youth Services) in its technical assistance efforts with Head Start and child care programs. The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership provided training for 50 FSS technical assistance specialists on how the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale—Revised (ECERS-R) and the Program Administration Scale (PAS) can be used to support program improvements at the classroom and organizational level.
Quality Initiatives and Research | Evaluation of Illinois Great START and T.E.A.C.H.
In 2005-06, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership conducted an evaluation study for the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) of the state’s Great START and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® professional development initiatives. The purpose of the research was to examine the program characteristics associated with utilization of these statewide professional development funds. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) was used to measure the quality of leadership and management practices at all sites. The results of this study are summarized in the McCormick Center’s spring 2007 Research Note. For additional information contact:
Teri Talan, EdD, JD
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership | National Louis University
As part of a professional development initiative in Chicago, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership collected pre- and posttest data (2002 and 2006) on the quality of early care and education programs at ten centers affiliated with social service agencies. The evaluation included measures of classroom quality, caregiver interactions, organizational climate, and program management and leadership.
Aim4Excellence™ | Illinois Gateways for Opportunity Scholarship Program
Practitioners working in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) licensed centers and homes can apply for a Gateways Scholarship to cover the cost of the Aim4Excellence modules when taken for college credit. Learn more at: http://www.ilgateways.com/en/gateways-scholarship-program
Aim4Excellence™ | Illinois Professional Development Funds
Illinois Child Care Resource & Referral agencies have professional development funds available (based on funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services) to help defray the expense of certain credential and accreditation fees. CCR&Rs may also have funds available for college tuition, to attend a professional conference, and/or for in-service training/consultation. Locate your local CCR&R at: http://www.ilqualitycounts.com/component/sdasearch/?Itemid=142