ERIC Number: EJ883579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 9
Leadership Development in the South: Where Do We Go from Here?
Ramgopal, Poonam S.; Dieterle, Kevin P.; Aviles, Jill; McCreedy, Barbara; Davis, Caroline F.
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v37 n3 p33-38 Fall 2009
The field of early care and education continues to change, and strong leadership is needed to ensure that it is moving in the right direction to benefit young children and their families. Early childhood programs face pressure at national, state, and local levels to meet performance standards, increase accountability, ensure efficiency, and offer high-quality services, placing increased demands on leaders. This is a critical time to develop effective and responsive leadership initiatives that will support and advance the early childhood profession in the Southern states and across the U.S. Thoughtful, well-planned, and coordinated efforts will not only launch and support the early childhood profession, but also will directly benefit children and their families. While developing new leadership is a difficult task, it is an essential step toward securing a bright future for the field of early care and education. This article is a call to action for Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) states to invest in and secure leaders in early care and education who will advocate for children, families, and professional success.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Leadership, Professional Development, Leadership Effectiveness, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Salaries, Standards
Southern Early Childhood Association. P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215. Tel: 800-305-7322; Fax: 501-227-5297; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.southernearlychildhood.org/publications.php
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A