Strengthening the Early Childhood and School-Age Workforce
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 brief provides background information on the workforce, and the research base and rationale for targeted investments and strong policies that support workplace conditions, compensation, and access to PD.
This brief highlights how West Virginia has supported credential attainment and corresponding increases in compensation through 20 years of implementation of the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist program.
This guide outlines a five-step process that can support State/Territory teams as they consider existing efforts, develop goals, assess their readiness to change, and form and evaluate an implementation plan.
This webinar presentation provides an overview of the Strengthening the Early Childhood and School-Age Workforce resources: three briefs, a guide to planning and implementing, and a comprehensive tool. The PDW Center facilitated the webinar for State/Territory CCDF Administrators, Head Start State and National Collaboration Directors and their staff/designees on January 23, 2014.
Strengthening the EC and SA Workforce is a reference and resource tool and is not designed to be read from start to finish. It includes research, definitions, examples, and links to more information in five major sections. We encourage you to go directly to the sections that you find most meaningful.