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McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2022
International comparative education studies contribute to improvements in education systems by highlighting strengths and identifying challenges found in the different cultural contexts of different countries. Comparative early childhood education (ECE) studies provide new ideas and insights into how local and national systems can be improved.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality
Talan, Teri N.; Kelton, Robyn – McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2021
Over the past decade, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners have increasingly come to recognize the importance of quality in early care and education. Along with this recognition is compelling evidence that sound administrative practices help ensure high-quality learning opportunities for young children. Since its first publication in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Program Administration, Program Evaluation
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2021
Most professional development opportunities for early childhood teachers are offered as face-to-face sessions (in various formats, including workshops, coaching, and college courses), tailored for teachers in traditional school- or center-based child care, offered during a traditional academic year, or during summer, or on professional development…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Online Courses, Early Childhood Teachers, Early Childhood Education
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2020
Licensed family child care (FCC) programs serve millions of children and families annually and tend to serve more vulnerable families than center-based programs. Low-income families, families needing infant and toddler care, and families that are Hispanic or African American are more likely to place their children in FCC programs than in…
Descriptors: Child Care Centers, Child Care, Educational Trends, Caregiver Training
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2020
Early educational interventions, such as Head Start, have been widely recognized as an effective way to mitigate the negative effects of poverty on early learning and development (Camilli, Vargas, Ryan, & Barnett, 2010). In the past decade, there has been a strong expansion of early childhood programming, including Head Start and state-funded…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Intervention, School Readiness
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2020
In spite of what is known about the impact of effective leadership on program quality, leadership development systems are fragmented and there is a lack of sustained, systematic oversight to guide the early childhood education (ECE) program leadership profession (New Venture Fund, 2018). Goffin (2013) notes that a clear consensus about the role,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Leadership Training, Administrator Role, Leadership Responsibility
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2019
The number of family child care (FCC) providers in the U.S. is declining at an alarming rate. From 2011 to 2017, there was a 35% decrease in FCC homes (National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, 2019). Considering the substantial portion of child care that is represented in home-based child care (HBCC), a heightened level of concern is…
Descriptors: Child Care, Family Environment, Networks, Role
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2019
Leaders, policymakers, and systems developers seek to improve early childhood programs through data driven decision-making. Data can be useful for informing continuous quality improvement efforts at the classroom and program level and for creating support for workforce development at the system level. Early childhood program leaders use…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Early Childhood Education, Decision Making
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2018
Mary Harril, Senior Director of Higher Education at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), raised some important concerns about the complexity of degree programs and pathways for the early childhood education workforce. She noted that there are over 3,000 early childhood degree programs, with more than 60 different…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Leadership Training, Institutional Characteristics, Academic Degrees
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2018
The attitudes of those who work in human service fields are critical to the outcomes of the people they serve. Research suggests that factors such as overwork, poor interpersonal relationships with colleagues, dissatisfaction with pay, lack of employee involvement in decision making, and low levels of support from management contribute to negative…
Descriptors: Work Attitudes, Employee Attitudes, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2018
Research suggests that many early childhood program administrators enter into leadership roles by being promoted from teaching positions and few have prior education, training, or experience specific to leadership or management (Catron & Groves, 1999; Billman, 1995; Bloom & Rafanello, 1994). Many directors of early care and education…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Leadership Training, Early Childhood Education, Administrator Qualifications
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2017
This Research Note summarizes research conducted through a collaboration of New America and the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. New America's Early & Elementary Education Policy team conducted a 50-state survey of departments of education (DOE) and a few state elementary school principal associations to scan the policy…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Administrators, Principals, Elementary Schools
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2016
Administrators' qualifications often differ across sectors of the early childhood field--school-based pre-K programs, centerbased child care, and Head Start. School principals overseeing school-based programs typically have a minimum of a master's degree in educational leadership with administrative certification. Currently, Head Start Performance…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Early Childhood Education, Administrator Qualifications, Coordinators
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2016
The upsurge in adding preK to elementary education has many principals and district leaders facing uncharted waters. School systems designed for traditional elementary education may not be a good fit for preK, especially for instructional leadership. Some concerns have been raised about whether principals are prepared to support and supervise preK…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Preschool Education, Principals, Administrator Qualifications
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2016
Research suggests the organizational climate of early childhood programs affects overall program quality. A recent study by Katherine Zinsser and Timothy Curby examined early childhood centers to determine if various center characteristics could predict teachers' emotional support of children in their classrooms. The researchers used the Head…
Descriptors: Organizational Climate, Early Childhood Education, Children, Preschool Education
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