Research & Resources Library

Our research and resource library provides you with information on best practices in early childhood administration. You’ll find practical tools for improving program operations and supporting organizational change.  Standards of quality are continuously changing and ongoing learning is key to the success of any early childhood program.



Explore a wealth of articles and innovative ideas to support your role as an early childhood administrator, including past and present issues of The Director’s Link.
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Reach into this toolbox of helpful documents and publications that will make your life as an early education leader easier. In this section, you’ll find:

  • Forms and checklists
  • Templates
  • Published books by McCormick Center faculty
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Read concise summaries of research relating to early childhood professional development and workforce issues. Recent research from the McCormick Center includes:

  • Home-Based Child Care: Characteristics Associated with Different Levels of Quality
  • Child Care Center Directors’ Experiences with QRIS
  • Speaking Up and Speaking Out: The Director as Advocate for the Early Childhood Workforce
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Explore detailed and thought-provoking studies on important topics including:

  • Who’s Caring for the Kids: The Status of the Early Childhood Workforce
  • Workforce Preparation and Professional Development
  • Zoom: The Impact of Early Childhood Leadership Training on Role Perceptions, Job Performance, and Career Decisions
  • Leadership Matters
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Access important documents explaining requirements to become director-qualified.
Learn more about:

  • Director qualifications within each state’s QRIS
  • Core administrative competencies for programs
  • The importance of leadership in early care and education programs
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