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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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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). Explore how this self-assessment tool can help build partnerships and strengthen coordination between programs by...

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.

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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.

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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. Explore data that may be available through registries, and...

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. Also, learn strategies for data collection on staff...

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. Explore resources related to...

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. Find examples of state efforts that can guide decision-...

Learn how articulation work connects to two recommendations in the Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation report. Explore strategies that help develop and support state articulation goals. Find information about higher education policy and...

On September 14, 2017 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) and the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) facilitated a webinar where participants:

  • Explored the unique attributes of school-age and summer...

In this Spotlight on Innovations webinar, learn about the 20 Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) states. Find out how these states use professional development, credentials, workforce data collection, and other supports to improve early childhood education workforce knowledge....

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