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Child Care State Systems Specialist Network

National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems & Workforce Initiatives

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Strengthening the Early Childhood

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.

Quick Look Resources

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.

State/Territory Professional Development System Overviews

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.

Planning and Implementation Guides

The Planning and Implementation Guides are designed for State/Territory teams as they develop and strengthen their professional development system.

Professional Development Systems & Workforce Initiatives Resources and Information

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These documents are designed to inform the development or enhancement of State/Territory Professional Development (PD) systems.

This document describes the purpose of credentials and reciprocity, why it matters, and how it contributes to meaningful change for providers.

Delivering professional development via technology - commonly referred to as distance learning - provides access to members of the early childhood workforce who face obstacles in participating in face-to-face courses or training.

This document describes the purpose of an aligned professional development system, why it matters, and how it contributes to meaningful change for provid

This document describes how Pennsylvania provides school-age supports through their Quality Rating and Improvement System, Keystone STARS. Pennsylvania’s After-School Quality project is highlighted. 

This document features the Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance (RIASPA) summer learning model, Moving from Summer School to Summer Learning, which is a public-private partnership designed

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.

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 describes the components of a quality school-age program and why quality matters. It is the first brief in a three-part series on school-age quality.

This document describes the purpose of a state technical assistance (TA) system, why it matters, and how it contributes to meaningful change for providers.

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