While there is consensus among policymakers and practitioners about the importance of strong leadership in early childhood, few states have made leadership training a high priority in the implementation of their career development systems. Illinois stands out as a notable exception. For the past twenty years, the state has served as a shining example of a focused investment in the professional development of administrators of early childhood programs. The most well known is Taking Charge of Change™ (TCC).
Source: McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.
Available at: http://mccormickcenter.nl.edu/taking-charge-of-change-report/
At the same time the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) is urging policymakers to clear the way for a strong pipeline from pre-K to 3rd grade, it also has advice for principals who want to start or strengthen pre-K programs in their schools.
The latest issue of Principal includes an article co-written by Ellen Frede and Steven Barnett of the National Institute for Early Education Research. It details 10 steps elementary school principals can take right now to offer pre-K in their schools and link it to success in the early elementary grades.
Source: Education Week
Available at: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/early_years/2011/07/elementary_principals_urged_to_add_expand_pre-k_programs.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2