Professional Development

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 Cohort


Taking Charge of Change has been inspiring early childhood administrators for more than 21 years. Register now and transform how you approach your role as an early childhood leader through this empowering and life-changing leadership development experience. Develop and implement a quality improvement plan for your program with the support of a professional learning community, a mini-grant, a personal mentor, and attend the 2015 Leadership Connections Conference.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tailored Training and Training-for-Trainers

The McCormick Center offers tailored training on a variety of topics and will work with you to design a high-impact professional development experience for your participants.  In addition, we offer train-the-trainer options for trainers looking to implement the Director’s Toolbox Management Series.
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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.
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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.
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