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National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning

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Professional development (PD) systems are made up of connected services and supports with a common goal to build an effective workforce. To raise quality and retain effective educators, PD systems can combine promising PD and workforce strategies at the practitioner, program, and system levels.

To support the Office of Child Care’s and the Office of Head Start’s priority of a strong early childhood (EC) and school-age (SA) workforce, the PDW Center developed the Strengthening the EC and SA Workforce briefs, guide, presentation, and tool. These resources are designed to help State/Territory decisionmakers increase and retain a skilled workforce by improving their workplace conditions, compensation, and access to professional development (PD).

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