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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.

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.

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).

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

This document describes the purpose of a workforce data system, why it matters, and how it contributes to meaningful change for providers.

This document provides an overview of several States’ specialized knowledge and competencies for technical assistance (TA) professionals.

This document provides an overview of credentials and aligned professional development systems (PDS), and examples of States that offer multiple credentials.

This document provides an overview of State scholarship initiatives. The information is provided in three sections:

  1. Scholarships and Aligned Professional Development Systems;
  2. State Scholarship Examples; and
  3. Multi-State Scholarships.

This document provides an overview of the benefits of early childhood (EC) and school-age (SA) credentials. It describes research related to developing and implementing EC and SA credentials, and State-specific information on implementing credentials, with a focus on the identified benefits.

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

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