Policy [M]atters Episode 4: An Early Childhood Policy Video Chat series

by McCormick Center Staff

May 9, 2016

Episode 4: Whole Leadership: What’s it mean to you? 

Read more from the whole leadership blog series

Welcome to episode four of Policy [M]atters, an early childhood policy video chat series produced by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. This episode features Teri Talan of the McCormick Center and Susan Ochshorn of ECE PolicyWorks. In this episode, Susan and Teri dialogue on their perspectives of whole leadership.

They discuss parallels between the whole child and whole leadership concepts. Teri shares the ‘why’ behind the McCormick Center’s whole leadership push. Other questions that come up are:

  • Where does advocacy fit in?
  • What responsibilities does a leader have?
  • What impact could whole leadership have?
  • Does more professional development funding for leaders mean less for teachers?

Join the conversation! What does whole leadership mean to you? Share your perspective on whole leadership in the comments section below.

Dr. Teri Talan is the Michael W. Louis Chair at the McCormick Center and Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University. She is co-author of the Program Administration Scale, Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care, Escala de Evaluación de la Administración de Negocios, and Who’s Caring for the Kids? The Status of the Early Childhood Workforce in Illinois.

Susan Ochshorn is the founder ECE PolicyWorks and author of Squandering America’s Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children. She works in a broad range of settings to bridge research, policy, and practice, to integrate ECE into the larger education reform conversation, and to catalyze social change.



One Response to “Policy [M]atters Episode 4: An Early Childhood Policy Video Chat series”

  1. I enjoyed the chat. At this time our district has relinquished our grant. I have worked successfully in the childcare field for 27 years. I have worked for this program only two years. My title is Teacher and I was given the duties of teaching two classes and operating the entire center as well. This included completing all state paperwork for site and 48 children. I am an advocate of the whole child. It is not only understanding the needs of the child but it’s also having the resources and community support as you two were speaking about. It’s hard to have all this information and actually witness an environment that is able to accomplish this and then come to a site where a program is not acknowledged, due to lack of awareness in the child development field. I was advocating for my staff and children to get assistance/time for the management part and trying to get the administration to understand that I needed time to teach. As both of you were saying it’s not just educational. It’s social and emotional, it’s the family, it’s the environment, it’s the health. One cannot be responsible for the operation of the center and meeting the whole child’s needs without help. It takes a lot of people collaborating, understanding and being supportive to be successful at meeting these needs. As stated it starts with administration, the leadership. The center whom I have worked for that truly embraces, practices, and advocates for the whole child is Tulare County Child Care Educational Programs. I was a Site Supervisor there. I had a center of 108 children and 22 staff members. The center had a Family Service Worker there daily, a health aid there twice a week, a nurse there once a week, a mental health specialist there twice a month and a speech pathologist when needed. This opportunity was awesome. Everyone should know what a quality program consist of. All of us need to be educated on how meet the needs of the whole child. Awesome topic.
    Thank You!