The Eight Qualities You Need To Be a True Early Childhood Leader

Eight Leadership Qualities That Advance the Right Choices for Young Children, by Maurice Sykes

By Guest Blogger, Jennifer Carsen Whether you’re an ECE program leader or staff member, you may see yourself as an agent for change who views high-quality early childhood programs as an antidote to economic and social injustice. We hope so, anyway! In order to position yourself effectively in this role, says Maurice Sykes, you must be open to a wide range of possibilities in terms[…] Full Description

3 ECE Hiring Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Snagging Talented ECE Teachers: Attract, Engage, and Retain the Best Teachers Who are in for the Long Haul, by Jennifer Carsen

By Guest Blogger, Jennifer Carsen Finding and keeping good teachers – it’s a classic source of frustration in ECE. And it’s no surprise. Early childhood is a demanding field that doesn’t pay nearly as much as it should. But have you ever considered that you may be the source of some of your hiring woes? No, really! I say this not to assign blame, but[…] Full Description

Digi-engagement with families in early childhood: Connecting the way they connect, by Jennifer Carsen, Guest Blogger

Guest post by Jennifer Carsen Chief Chickie Day Care in Demand Pre-Internet, family engagement was a matter of encouraging the families of children enrolled in your program to come to you to participate—literally. If a parent was unable to come to school for student activities, there wasn’t a lot you could do about it! But now, in our hyper-connected era, there are now a multitude[…] Full Description

It’s About the Experience, Not the Tool!

By Margaret A Powers and Fran Simon Could you choose a more exciting time to be working in the field of early childhood education (ECE)? These days, it doesn’t look like it! There is so much important and exciting work occurring right now in ECE, particularly around the topic of technology use in the classroom. With the release of the new NAEYC and Fred Rogers[…] Full Description

Q & A about How ECE Directors Can Develop and Lead an Effective Board of Directors by Barbara McCreedy

Earlier this month, we were fortunate to have Barbara McCreedy from ICF International join us for a webinar to share her thoughts about how ECE directors can lead develop and lead an effective board of directors. (Watch the recording here!) Barbara also offered a number of great resources, such as a evaluation checklist for your board that you should check out! Unfortunately, we couldn’t  get to all of the questions during the[…] Full Description

It’s Time … To Join a Learning Community, by Margaret Powers

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] After reading Ellen Galinksy’s recent article in NAEYC’s Young Children about Professional Learning Communities, I was inspired by the empowering and collaborative nature of these groups. Ms. Galinsky outlines ten key characteristics (listed below) of learning communities she discovered researching the[…] Full Description

Thought leadership: Why We All Benefit When A Few Share Knowledge

There are smart people. There are people who are are happy to tell you everything they think you need to know. Then there are thought leaders. Thought leaders are a different breed altogether. They are typically smart, informed, and passionate. But what makes thought leaders so special is their willingness to share ideas and information to make a difference in their communities. Thought leaders often[…] Full Description