MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
ALEX KOTLOWITZ
Bestselling Author | Journalist |Documentary Filmmaker
AISHA RAY
Professor Emerita | Erikson Institute
IHEOMA U. IRUKA
Director, Early Childhood Health and Racial Equity at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
JAHMAL COLE
Social Justice Champion | My Block, My Hood, My City
Taking Charge of change™
Applications are Open!
Taking Charge of Change™ (TCC) is designed to support early childhood administrators of center-based programs in leading an organization to continuous quality improvement.
"We pledge to do more to promote racial equity. We are committed to supporting impactful leaders in communities of color across the country."

–Donna Jacobson, Executive Director

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*Registrants have 12-months of access to the keynote and break-out sessions recordings for the days for which they are registered. To have access to all recordings, attendees must register for the full-conference.
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Leadership connections 2021

Three leadership academies.
Three ways to grow.
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Leadership Matters

Strong early childhood leadership positively impacts outcomes for children and families. Very few leaders arrive in their roles with all of the experience, education, or specialized training they need. The McCormick Center has played a critical role in increasing access to professional development and credentials for early childhood leaders. To date, nearly 35,000 early childhood leaders have received professional development through the McCormick Center.

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Leadership Connections National Conference

Leadership Connections™ National Conference is the premier national conference for decision-makers and leaders in early childhood education. Hear stimulating keynote speakers, take part in a public policy forum, attend skill-building sessions, and connect with others like you.

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National Director Credential:
Aim4Excellence

Earn your national director credential online. Aim4Excellence is eligible for college credit, aligns with state professional development credentials, and supports National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) program accreditation.

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Advance your career with college credit options available through National Louis University, our parent organization, for the following professional learning experiences:

  • National Director Credential (Aim4Excellence™)
  • Leadership Academies
  • Leadership Connections™ National Conference

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