The Strengthening the Early Childhood and School-Age Workforce 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.
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Child Care State Systems Specialist Network
National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems & Workforce Initiatives
The National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives (PDW Center) builds State/Territory capacity to prepare and sustain a qualified cross-sector early childhood and school-age workforce. Technical assistance (TA) activities respond to customized Child Care and Development Fund Lead Agency plan goals in partnership with the Child Care State Systems Specialist Network and other Child Care Technical Assistance Network Partner projects. The PDW Center creates specialized TA tools to support professional development system assessment and strategic decisionmaking, facilitates topical learning communities, and coordinates the work of infant/toddler and school-age Communities of Practice. The PDW Center also supports the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) efforts to explore and address system capacity to increase access to and portability of individual professional credentials. The PDW Center is jointly funded by ACF’s Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start.
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For more information about the Office of Head Start’s efforts, visit the following sites:
- State and National Collaboration Office Priorities: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/states/collaboration/about.html
- Head Start State and National Collaboration Office Contacts and Resources: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/states
The Quick Look Resources provide a brief overview of various workforce supports and how they are part of aligned professional development systems. These resources feature State/Territory examples and links to additional information.
These one-page State/Territory Professional Development System Overviews summarize State/Territory professional development systems’ infrastructure, target audience, and key components. They also include links to additional State/Territory information.
Featured State Highlight: Workforce Data Systems in California
Workforce data systems track and report on workforce demographics, professional development (PD) needs, and achievements for all roles across the early childhood (EC) and school-age (SA) settings (centers, schools, and homes) and sectors (Child Care, Head Start/Early Head Start, public preschool/primary education, and early intervention/special education). Learn More
Professional Development Systems & Workforce Initiatives Resources and Information
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This document provides an overview of State scholarship initiatives. The information is provided in three sections:
- Scholarships and Aligned Professional Development Systems;
- State Scholarship Examples; and
- Multi-State Scholarships.