The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership offers a range of engaging professional development opportunities that can help you strengthen your leadership skills and drive organizational change.
Year-long Leadership and Management Training
TAKING CHARGE OF CHANGE™
See why Taking Charge of Change has been inspiring early childhood administrators for more than 20 years. Transform how you approach your role as an early childhood leader through this empowering and life-changing leadership development experience. Work to re-energize your program with the support of a learning community, engaging workshops, a personal mentor, and more.
National Leadership Conference
Join colleagues, practitioners, policymakers, and experts for this international annual gathering designed for you — the early childhood leader. Shift your thinking to ignite creativity, productivity, and accountability while networking with other leaders in the field. Explore the latest research and learn from one another. Attend skill-building sessions that foster interdisciplinary dialog linking theory, policy, activism, and practice.
Presentations, Workshops & Institutes
Engage in dynamic discussions that foster fresh ideas, a toolbox of resources, and a new network of colleagues. Many training programs are offered for college credit or points toward a credential.
Online Professional Development
Bring professional development to the convenience of your computer. The McCormick Center offers a range of online professional development opportunities to meet your needs as a busy early childhood leader.
National Director Credential
AIM4EXCELLENCE™ ONLINE NATIONAL DIRECTOR CREDENTIAL
Earn your director credential online. This engaging and interactive professional development experience focuses on the core leadership and management content unique to your role as an early childhood administrator. Take the Aim4Excellence modules for college credit, use them to help your program attain NAEYC accreditation, or link them to your state professional development or QRIS system.
Training on Evaluating Practices
Select from professional development experiences designed to help you align your program with best practice. Explore ways to use data from tools like the Program Administration Scale (PAS) and Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) to support your program improvement efforts. Choose from introductory sessions to in-depth reliability institutes.