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"We pledge to do more to promote racial equity. We are committed to supporting impactful leaders in communities of color across the country."

–Donna Jacobson, Executive Director

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Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level with Aim4Excellence 2.0?

New Racial Equity Research Opportunity

If you are an ECEC program leader of color and are currently working as an administrator in a school, center, or home, we are interested in your views on how to ensure racial equity in the professional preparation, ongoing professional support, and compensation of program leaders.

We are conducting focus group research to help us identify the obstacles and challenges, as well as the supports needed to build a diverse, well-qualified, and fairly-compensated leadership workforce of the future.

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Leadership Matters

Strong early childhood leadership positively impacts outcomes for children and families. Very few leaders arrive in their roles with all of the experience, education, or specialized training they need. The McCormick Center has played a critical role in increasing access to professional development and credentials for early childhood leaders. To date, nearly 35,000 early childhood leaders have received professional development through the McCormick Center.

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Leadership Connections National Conference

Leadership Connections™ National Conference is the premier national conference for decision-makers and leaders in early childhood education. Hear stimulating keynote speakers, take part in a public policy forum, attend skill-building sessions, and connect with others like you.

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National Director Credential:

Earn your national director credential online. Aim4Excellence is eligible for college credit, aligns with state professional development credentials, and supports National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) program accreditation.

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Advance Your Career

Advance your career with college credit options available through National Louis University, our parent organization, for the following professional learning experiences:

  • National Director Credential (Aim4Excellence™)
  • Leadership Academies
  • Leadership Connections™ National Conference

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