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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
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, 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, 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
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2015
While there is considerable research about the nature and practice of leadership in business, K-12 education, and health sciences, evidence regarding early childhood leadership is relatively thin. One way to conceptualize early childhood leadership is to consider two functional types--administrative leadership and instructional (or pedagogical)…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Role, Leadership Responsibility
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2013
As expectations for early childhood education (ECE) increase, there is a corresponding need for effective leadership in classrooms, programs, and the organizations that form the field's infrastructure. A recent study examined how the ECE field is addressing its need for leadership by focusing attention on the leadership development programs…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, 2013
Of the 24 statewide quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), 21 include linkages to national program accreditation and 15 include accreditation status as an alternative pathway to quality at a specific level of a statewide QRIS. While there is general agreement that program accreditation status is a valid measure of overall quality, little…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Rating Scales, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality