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Leadership Practices of Preschool Administrators

stock image of preschool classroomDrs. Beth Rous, Victoria Sherif, and Kathryn Chapman are currently implementing a national survey focused on leadership beliefs and practices of U.S. early childhood program and public preschool administrators. Initial findings indicate a gap between administrator beliefs in the importance of leadership-based practices (e.g., mentoring teachers, listening to staff concerns, and involving teachers in decision making) and their actual practice, which aligns with the role of manager (e.g., following administrative procedures, keeping records, and regularly supervising staff). This study has significant implications for early childhood programs and policies, especially given that current professional development requirements of early childhood administrators do not often focus on leadership theory and practice.