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This toolkit provides a compilation of early childhood professional development resources for State/Territory policymakers and stakeholders. Intended to serve as a practical guide, the toolkit includes definitions, overviews, State stories, selected resources, State examples, and planning tools.

Professional development systems (PDS) and quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) are two important subsystems of the comprehensive early childhood and school-age system. State and Territory leaders can use this self-assessment tool to guide alignment across similar system functions.

This brief describes the choices families make when selecting school-age care, and provides research on how families make these decisions. It is the second brief in a three-part series on school-age quality.

This brief identifies subsidy policy issues and State examples that Child Care Development Fund administrators can consider to address school-age care needs. This is the third brief in a three-part series on school-age quality.