February 9, 2021

New Year, New Beginnings, New Spaces

by McCormick Center

At the McCormick Center, we are big on change. Very big. We have an entire leadership academy dedicated to embracing change and taking charge of it. At times, embracing change is easier said than done, especially when faced with unexpected challenges. The pandemic has put us all to the test, and our team managed change with fortitude and grace. Despite the chaos of the past year, we have had many significant achievements, including:

  • Pivoting our in-person offerings and services to be fully virtual, including our leadership academies, program evaluation, technical assistance, quality assessment, and our national conference, Leadership Connections™;
  • Assisting with the development and piloting of new Illinois ExceleRate Quality Rating and Improvement System standards and supports as a key partner in the state of Illinois’ Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five—ExceleRate Pilot;
  • Developing consensus recommendations for a unified professional framework for program leaders; and
  • Launching Aim4Excellence™ 2.0, the online national director credential for early childhood administrators with new content and a completely redesigned format.

As we move into 2021, there is a sense of change in the air. One of the changes taking place at the McCormick Center is that we are on the move—figuratively and literally! This month, we are closing our training center in Wheeling and the McCormick Center will be expanding to three National Louis University campuses, including:

Chicago Campus (The Gage Building)
18 S. Michigan Avenue, Eighth Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Lisle Campus
850 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL 60532

Wheeling Campus
1000 Capitol Drive
Wheeling, IL 60090

Phone: 1-833-LEAD-ECE

Mailing Address:
McCormick Center
c/o National Louis University
122 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

Our main office will be the Chicago Campus location. Please visit our Team page to learn more about the new locations of our team members.

We will always remember our 10 years at 6200 Capitol Drive fondly, yet we are excited about the new opportunities ahead. Our various locations provide us with new spaces and resources to continue and expand the work we do. When the time is right, we look forward to seeing you at one of our new locations!