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Books to Strengthen & Energize Early Childhood Programs

June 21st, 2022 | 2 min. read

By Ann Berry

After the stresses and challenges of the past year, professional development is vital for early childhood educators to continue to develop the traits that will allow them to teach and guide children in this pivotal time. In this list, you will find books that help you master your leadership skills, promote ongoing professional development, and ultimately create skilled and vibrant early childhood communities!


Find the Joyful Leader Within

Banishing Burnout in Early Childhood Education

Change your life and transform your leadership by embarking on a joyful journey today. Discover ways to rise now by implementing strategies to help you become a more joyful leader. Find ways to shine on the individuals that you lead and inspire them to be more joyful. Filled with real-life examples of early childhood educators leading with joy, each chapter concludes with discussion questions, a reflection activity, and an action plan.

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The Early Childhood Director’s Guide to Solving Everyday Challenges

This book examines real-world issues experienced at actual child-care centers. Drawing on her years as a child-care licensing consultant and her extensive personal experience as a director, Dr. Thomasa Bond describes scenarios and shares positive resolutions to these situations. 

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Building on Whole Leadership

Energizing and Strengthening Your Early Childhood Program

Using the Whole Leadership Framework, developed by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, this book helps early childhood professionals inspire their staff's collaboration, creativity, and ethical commitment.

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Inspiring Professional Growth

Empowering Strategies to Lead, Motivate, and Engage Early Childhood Teachers

This book provides early childhood leaders with the tools to nurture and empower their teaching staff throughout their careers. When teachers feel supported and empowered to grow their own skills, your program will thrive!

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Growing Together

Developing and Sustaining a Community of Practice in Early Childhood

Growing Together helps early childhood educators define, create, and promote a community of practice (CoP) to foster collaborative problem solving and enhance professional learning experiences.

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Build Your Dream Team

How to Recruit, Train, and Retain Early Childhood Staff

Recruiting and maintaining the right staff is a huge challenge in the early childhood industry. Build Your Dream Team suggests that recruiting is an ongoing process, and guides early childhood leaders in crafting a solid plan for recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and nurturing your staff.

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Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership

Eight Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality

Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership lays out strategies designed to support program leaders in finding new ways to reduce the levels of stress on themselves and their staff, and move into a unified, engaging system for leading with passion, intention, and purpose.

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The Basics of Leading a Child-Care Business

This book, the second book in The Business of Child Care Series, explains how to develop and lead a high-quality program where children can play and learn in the care of a well-educated, committed, and trained workforce.

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Lose the Lecture

Engaging Approaches to Early Childhood Professional Learning

Lose the Lecture brings administrators, coaches, and facilitators a new approach to professional development and adult learning that focuses on the learners—how they think, what they need, and what motivates them to grow.

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Don't Look Away

Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms

Don’t Look Away leads early childhood professionals to explore and address issues of bias, equity, low expectations, and family engagement to ensure culturally responsive experiences. This book offers strategies, tools, and information to help you create a culturally responsive and equitable learning environment.

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Effective Discipline Policies

How to Create a System that Supports Young Children’s Social-Emotional Competence

Effective Discipline Policies will be your go-to resource for creating a developmentally appropriate, consistent, effective behavioral guidance policy. Rather than suspending or expelling young children, which research has shown to have harmful consequences, this book provides strategies for supporting children and teaching them positive interactions.

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Author(s)Sarah Garrity, Sascha Longstreth, Tonia Durden, PhD, Kerry-Ann Escayg, PhD, Stephanie Curenton, PhD, Iheoma Iruka, PhD, Teresa A. Byington, PhD, Marnie Forestieri, CDA, Thomasa Bond, EdD, Sarah Nichols, BA, Nancy Surbrook-Goins, MA, Megan Vinh, PhD, Kathi Gillaspy, MEd, Susan MacDonald, MEd, Michael Abel, PhD, Jill Bella, EdD, Teri Talan, EdD, EdD, JD, Marie Masterson, PhD

Ann Berry