Leadership Academies

Join a leadership cohort. The McCormick Center’s two Leadership Academies offer transformational learning through a professional learning community that meets over an extended period of time. Taking Charge of Change™ (TCC) and Taking the Lead (TTL) are uniquely tailored to center-based and home-based program administrators, respectively, in Illinois. College credit and professional development credentials are available for TCC and TTL participants, providing a career pathway for leaders in early childhood education.

“Taking Charge of Change is a great way to learn about your role as a leader. It also gives you an opportunity to connect with others in similar roles and situations.”
Jill Schaefer, Illinois, Cohort #25, Director

Embrace change.

Join the 700 early childhood leaders in Illinois to experience this transformative professional learning opportunity. The deadline to apply for the 2018 cohort was May 31, 2018. Please subscribe to our email list to be notified when applications are being accepted again. Typically applications for Taking Charge of Change are accepted from March through May.


“You will begin to see that paying for this cohort is surpassed after the first hour of the cohort. It doesn’t take long to sincerely appreciate what a great opportunity this is. Truly life-changing for an entrepreneur.”
DeAnna Taylor, Illinois, Taking the Lead Cohort #4, Family Child Care Provider

Empower yourself.

More than 100 family child care providers in the Chicago area make up TTL’s alumni. Make this the year you join them.


College Credit Available

College credit through National Louis University (NLU) is available for TCC and TTL at an additional cost. Scholarships and financial aid may be available to help you cover the cost.

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