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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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Highlighted Resources

Strengthening the Early Childhood and School-Age Workforce Resources

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.

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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.

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.

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

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