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Community Fellows Programs

Community Fellows Programs

Please see below for Early Childhood

training opportunities.

McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows Program:

This program is for Illinois elected officials, judges, high ranking police officials, heads of state agencies, school board members, superintendents, and community leaders to provide a deeper understanding of the policy opportunities to support young children and child development based on the most up-to-date research from national experts. We are hoping that you can assist in identifying and nominating outstanding candidates for our inaugural leadership class.

Ideal candidates should be influential professionals responsible for one or more of the following:
•  Improving the effectiveness of juvenile courts
•  Making decisions about funding of programs that serve children and families
•  Making recommendations for changes in policies, programs and practices
•  Protecting public safety of children and families
•   Improving student outcomes.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 14, 2017 and should be submitted online with the candidate’s resume or CV at:


Board Training Program

This program is designed for leaders who are serving on boards of organizations with a focus on early childhood. We encourage organizations to send more than one board member to maximize the learning impact.

Board members will gain knowledge in how to:
• Effectively troubleshoot fiscal challenges by becoming well-versed in how funding is used in organizations serving children families faced with budget shortfalls
• Develop cutting-edge strategies by incorporating trends and future directions in the field
• Improve stewardship by framing external messaging that will increase interest in your organization

The $300 tuition for each participant includes: meals during seminars, parking fees, and access to online modules.

The deadline for registration is Monday, April 17, 2017 and should be submitted online at:


Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellows Program

This program is designed to enrich the perspective and enhance the capacity of diverse child advocates with a commitment to racial equity who want to influence early childhood policy. The program will equip program and policy leaders with content knowledge, tools for assessing public policy levers, and hands-on practice to make a difference in early childhood policy.

Nominees should:
• Be a full-time employee of a nonprofit organization or government agency with an interest in early childhood
• Have at least three years professional experience in a position with influence within their organization
• Demonstrate a strong track record of leadership, innovation, and high performance
• Obtain approval by their supervisors for release time to fully participate in program components

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 21, 2017 and should be submitted online at:


Rincon Family Services - 2018