Technical Assistance

Develop expertise. 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.

The Director’s Toolbox Management Series, Training-for-Trainers

The Director’s Toolbox Management Series, Training-for-Trainers

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership works with organizations and state agencies to support the development of trainers on early childhood leadership content. The Director’s Toolbox Management series includes seven books and Trainer’s Guides on important and timely topics related to early childhood program administration. The McCormick Center offers a full-day training on each book. Convene a group of trainers to learn the content of the Director’s Toolbox Trainer’s Guides and unique delivery techniques. The trainers can learn the content by observing and participating in training sessions with directors and debriefing afterwards or can learn the content as an exclusive group.

Choose from several options:

  • Entire Series. Trainers receive training on all topics from the Director’s Toolbox Series. The topics are presented consecutively over an extended period of time. For example, several months to over a year. During the interim trainers and/or directors can work with a facilitator on your staff on concepts learned and prepare for upcoming topics. A social media platform can be used to share resources, ask questions, network, and support one another. Pre- and post-assessments can be used to gather data. A half-day debriefing session is conducted with the trainers for each book in the series. For an example of how the McCormick Center conducts Taking Charge of Change, its leadership academy based on this model visit
  • Modified Series. Trainers receive training on some of the topics from the Director’s Toolbox Series. The topics may be presented consecutively over an extended period of time.  A half-day debriefing session is conducted with the trainers for each book in the series.

The maximum group size for trainers is 30. If you want to include directors in the training day with the trainers the maximum is 80 participants (so if you have 30 trainers attending you could invite up to 50 administrators to attend).

Director’s Toolbox Series of books and trainer’s guides include:

  • From the Inside Out: The Power of Reflection and Self-Awareness,
  • Leadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done,
  • A Great Place to Work: Creating a Healthy Organizational Work Climate,
  • The Right Fit: Recruiting, Selecting, and Orienting Staff,
  • Making the Most of Meetings: A Practical Guide,
  • Circle of Influence: Implementing Shared Decision Making and Participative Management, and
  • Inspiring Peak Performance: Competence, Commitment, and Collaboration.


Interested in learning more? Watch this recording of our informational webinar.

Presentations and Workshops

Presentations and Workshops

Focus your coaching and mentoring skills. These professional learning experiences will keep you on top of the latest research, abreast of best practices, and innovative in your delivery techniques. Sample topics include:

  • Supporting Directors as the Gatekeepers to Quality
  • Saying It in Writing: Helping Directors Improve and Organize Documentation
  • PAS Reliability Training
  • BAS Reliability Training
  • Promoting Excellence in Family Child Care
  • The Next Step: How to Help Administrators and Staff Interpret ECWES Results and Move Forward
  • Not All Directors Are the Same: Tailoring Coaching Based on Director Developmental Stage

Bring Us to You

Transformative TA

Transformative TA Institute: Strategies and Tools for Supporting Program Leaders


Consider the very best early childhood programs, you know. In each of those programs, you will find an administrator who actively engages families and teachers to build strong learning communities. How do leaders acquire the skills and dispositions to create these exceptional programs? What can you do to meet administrators where they are and support them in building programs where children, teachers, and families thrive?

Join us for our newest institute, “Transformative TA: Strategies and Tools for Supporting Program Leaders,” a three-day professional learning experience geared toward those who support early childhood administrators in improving the quality of their programs. Designed for those in technical assistance (TA) roles, “Transformative TA” will provide an introduction of whole leadership, include a brief overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS), identify the developmental stages of administrators, address strategies for individualizing technical assistance, and provide a deep dive into the following PAS topics from a TA perspective:

  • Developing conflict resolution policies
  • Creating a shared vision
  • Building partnerships with families

Note: This Institute requires basic knowledge of the Program Administration Scale (PAS), including an overview of all 25 items, how to conduct an assessment, and the ability to score the tool. If you would like to attend the institute and do not currently have this knowledge, it is highly recommended that you complete the Getting Ready for the PAS online module for an additional fee of $100 to better understand and implement the information learned. You can register for the module here:


September 24 – 26, 2019

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McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
6200 Capitol Drive, Wheeling IL, 60090


$350 | Early Bird rate through July 24, 2019
$375 | July 25 and after Credits


Lunch each day (breakfast if you stay at our recommended hotels)


Need more focused attention?

The McCormick Center offers a variety of consultation options:

  • We recalibrate reliability with state anchors of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) and Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS).
  • We assist in analyzing reports from the PAS, BAS, and Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES), providing insights for data-based decision-making.
  • We provide insights and suggestions to states that are embedding the PAS and BAS into their quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS).

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Apply as an individual.

Dive deep into the content of the Director’s Toolbox Management Series. Subscribe to our email list to be notified when applications for this initiative are being accepted again. Applications for this initiative are typically open from March through May.


Director's Toolbox Management Series at a Glance


Books and Trainer's Guides included in this series


Training-for-Trainers sessions conducted in four states to date


trainers from around the country have participated in this initiative to date

Upcoming Presentations

Connect with us at a conference near you. We often present at national conferences, including conferences hosted by NAEYC, NAFCC, and BUILD.


Presentations & Workshops at a Glance


Early childhood leaders reached through conference presentations by our experts


Times in 2017 our experts presented sessions or participated in panel discussions at conferences