November 5, 2014

Talan, Bloom, Kelton study published in Early Childhood Research and Practice

by McCormick Center

What makes an early childhood education program effective? What shifts an early childhood education organization into a dynamic learning organization not just for children, but for families and staff as well?  What turns a particular early childhood education organization into a great place to work? The answer to each question is the same—leadership, leadership, leadership.

In a recent article published by Early Childhood Research and Practice, the McCormick Center’s Teri Talan, Paula Bloom, and Robyn Kelton explore a scantly researched area—effective models of leadership development for child care program administrators. Read their study to learn how Taking Charge of Change, a leadership development program preparing early childhood education administrators in Illinois for more than 20 years, resulted in personal growth and self-efficacy, a range of organizational improvements, and positive program outcomes such as accreditation, QRIS participation, and low rates of staff turnover.