A Community of Practice Is Waiting for You

Join a professional learning community focused on early childhood leadership. The McCormick Center’s three Leadership Academies offer transformational professional learning for center-based and home-based program administrators. These communities of practice meet throughout the year. Credits for college and professional development credentials are available.

Ready to Lead

For: Newly hired Center-based Administrators (less than three years of administrator experience)

Develop your Leadership Essentials. This community of practice will cover topics including the power of self-awareness and reflection, understanding your leadership style, transitioning from peer to supervisor, and productivity and project management. Content in Ready to Lead (RTL) is aligned with the Illinois Director Credential and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.
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Taking Charge of Change™

For: Experienced Center-based Administrators

Empower yourself and embrace the change process. Delve into topics that strengthen your leadership style, promote peak performance, expand systems thinking, and build a strong organizational climate. Develop a quality improvement plan focused on identified needs. Content in Taking Charge of Change (TCC) is aligned with the Program Administration Scale (PAS), Illinois Director Credential, ExceleRate Illinois, and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.
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Taking the Lead

For: Home-based Program Administrators

Learn strategies to grow and sustain your business. Work alongside other family child care providers to enhance your skills as an entrepreneur and educator. Work toward achieving professional certificates and improving your QRIS rating. Content in Taking the Lead (TTL) is aligned with the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS), Family Child Care Credential, ExceleRate Illinois, and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.
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