National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning

The National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (The DTL Center) is comprised of a consortium of organizations operating under a five-year grant aimed at impacting the training and technical assistance needs of Head Start and child care programs and systems.  The goal of the DTL Center is to identify, develop, and promote the implementation of evidence-based practices that are culturally and linguistically responsive and lead to positive child outcomes across early childhood programs and to support strong professional development systems. 

The Center's work will include, but is not limited to: professional development for the infant, toddler, and preschool workforce; evidence-based curriculum; early learning standards; effective transitions; screening and assessment; culturally, linguistically, and age appropriate practices; enhancing teacher-child interactions; supporting networks of infant/toddler practitioners; supporting children with disabilities (part C and part B); and using data to improve practice.

To learn more, visit the NCECDTL page on the ECLKC. Also, visit the topics under Education & Child Development, as well as School Readiness, Professional Development, and Culture and Language.

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Identify, analyze and adjust workforce investments with the Professional Development System Cost Analysis Tool.

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Review research, resources, and explore examples of state efforts that can guide decision-making about suspension and expulsion policy decisions in Preventing and Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions in Early Care and Education Settings.

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Find examples of state systems and policies that help support recruiting and retaining a highly qualified workforce in Staff Recruitment and Retention.

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Review the 2016 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations on training and professional development and explore resources related to the six Professional Development System Framework components.

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Discover how registries function and explore the data available through registries for states to track professional development achievement and refine their state early childhood workforce data systems in Early Childhood Workforce: Registries.

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Use this resource to support a diverse early childhood education workforce and help them serve the diverse populations of children and families in their communities. Explore related research, toolkits, and presentations.

Explore this overview to learn more about ways to develop and enhance state and territory preschool professional development systems. Find out how states and territories can access examples of credentials offered by a number of states.

Review this guide for state and territory teams to help them develop or revise and implement early childhood education (ECE) credentials. Find out how an aligned state and territory professional development system works and why ECE credentials are a foundational part of one.

Use this tool to assess the status of the alignment between the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) and your state Early Learning and Development Guidelines (ELDGs).

Find resources around the topic of health and safety training as required by the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG). Explore ways to include health and safety trainings in state professional development systems.

In this brief, learn more about the coaching landscape across the country. Also, find strategies and resources to promote systemic coaching approaches for state, territory, or regional considerations.

An early childhood workforce registry is an information system. It allows states, regions, and practitioners to track professional development achievement and plan for future training. In this resource, discover how a registry functions.

It can be a challenge to recruit and retain highly qualified professionals in early childhood education. In this resource, find examples of state systems and policies that help support recruiting and retaining a highly-qualified workforce.

Learn what states need to know to meet the 2016 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations on training and professional development. States must have a framework for training, professional development, and postsecondary education for caregivers and directors.

This document provides research and materials on reducing the expulsion of young children in early childhood programs. Review resources and tools that help promote the mental health and social and emotional well-being of young children.