Taking Charge of Change™

A 20-year review of empowering early childhood administrators through leadership training

While there is consensus among policymakers and practitioners about the importance of strong leadership in early childhood, few states have made leadership training a high priority in the implementation of their career development systems. Illinois stands out as a notable exception. For the past twenty years, the state has served as a shining example of a focused investment in the professional development of administrators of early childhood programs. The most well known is Taking Charge of Change™ (TCC).

Below you will find information about the McCormick Center’s work to implement this leadership development initiative, lessons learned, and the impact Tacking Charge of Change has had on the early childhood field in Illinois.