McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Publications

Document Type

Executive Summary

Publication Date

Winter 11-9-2010


An emerging body of research confirms practical wisdom from the field that center directors are the gatekeepers to quality. Through the teachers they hire, the administrative practices they put into place, and their ability to promote a shared vision, directors create professional environments that enable teachers to provide enriching learning environments for children. Recognizing the importance of program leadership, an increasing number of state initiatives are including a measure of administrative practices in their approaches to assessing and improving program quality across early learning settings. To help inform these initiatives, this research examined how administrative practices in Head Start programs are related to classroom quality. The research also looked at director qualifications in Head Start programs to understand how specific dimensions of director qualifications are related to the quality of Head Start administrative practices and the quality of the classroom learning environment.

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