Your Development Guide

The McCormick Center offers a variety of learning and growth opportunities designed to support you in your work as an early childhood leader.

Training unique to family child care

We offer presentations, workshops, and institutes unique to the needs of family child care providers. Gather useful tools and learn new skills through engaging professional development experiences designed to help you grow and sustain your business.

We also provide professional development opportunities for technical assistance specialists, trainers, consultants, and instructors whose goal is to help family child care providers develop best business and management practices.

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Training related to evaluating a program’s quality & 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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The Leadership Connections™ national 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

Build new knowledge and skills through our collaborative and reflective approach to learning. Engage in dynamic discussions that foster fresh ideas, a toolbox of resources, and a new network of colleagues.

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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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A 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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