Taking the Lead (TTL) is designed to support early childhood administrators of home-based programs to grow and sustain their business. Time is running out to be a part of our next cohort!
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The McCormick Center is proud to welcome all Early Childhood leaders. As a core tenet of our mission, we strive to improve the lives of all children and their families. Our inclusive approach has a place for everyone to grow and help us reach this goal.

“The Aim4Excellence™ training has helped me to be a more efficient director. The modules address the most challenging aspects of my position by providing proven strategies and structure for improving staffing, hiring, management, and the environment of the center. Assignments are applicable and have immediately been implemented to improve overall quality of our program. The Aim4Excellence training has given me the confidence and skills to be the best leader I can be for the children, parents, and staff at St. John Christian Preschool."
–Jana Bruhschwein, North Dakota



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Why eLearn with us?

Your job as an early childhood leader is complex but so critical to ensuring children thrive. Each of our online modules builds on the domains of the McCormick Center’s Whole Leadership Framework, focusing specifically on the essential knowledge and skills you need to lead high-quality early childhood programs.

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We offer a variety of supports for leaders like you who are interested in developing leadership and high-quality early childhood programs. Explore our Services page to learn more. Looking for a national conference focused on leadership? Join us and hundreds of other early childhood leaders at our annual national conference in May. However you choose to continue to learn, we look forward to supporting you on your leadership journey!