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Explore the McCormick Center’s wide range of learning and growth opportunities for early childhood leaders. As the premier national early childhood leadership organization, the McCormick Center has received accolades for its Whole Leadership Framework. The Framework domains—administrative leadership, pedagogical leadership, and leadership essentials—guide our innovative work. We equip program leaders, family child care providers, and professional development organizations and systems with the resources, tools, and support to foster excellence in leadership and the highest-quality early care and education experiences for children and families.
have engaged in our professional learning initiatives
conducted in early childhood classrooms and programs in Illinois
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on PAS and BAS Reliability
use PAS or BAS in their QRIS
Our Leadership Academies offer transformational learning through a professional learning community that meets over an extended period of time. Leadership Academies are uniquely tailored to program administrators and family child care providers in Illinois and may be taken for college credit, providing a career pathway for leaders in early childhood education.
Aim4Excellence™ offers an engaging and interactive online professional development experience that focuses on the core leadership and management competencies early childhood leaders need. 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.
McCormick Center offers training, expert guidance, and support for program evaluation. Trainings are user-friendly and designed to help you collect, analyze, and use data effectively to reach your quality improvement goals.
The McCormick Center works with individuals, organizations, and state agencies to develop informed and experienced trainers, coaches, mentors, technical assistance specialists, and organizational consultants who are interested in supporting the whole leadership development of early childhood administrators.
Our work with state professional development systems (PDS) focuses on the core knowledge and unique competencies of early childhood administrators working in centers, schools, and homes. Our innovative learning opportunities, delivered online and face-to-face, align with the Whole Leadership Framework, NAEYC Program Accreditation standards for administrator competencies and qualifications, and with Administrator Credential requirements within state PDS.
The McCormick Center supports states’ efforts to raise the quality of early learning programs through QRIS. We work with state leaders to clarify goals, identify needs, and offer expertise in the development of program standards. Our work at the state and national level sets the bar for best practices in center-based, home-based, and school-based early childhood education programs. The Whole Leadership Framework guides our work as we promote administrator qualifications as a stand-alone standard within QRIS.