Professional Development

Under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, States and Territories are required to establish training and professional development requirements designed to enable child care providers to promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children and to improve the knowledge and skills of the child care workforce. The following resources provide information on professional development systems, career pathways, practice-based coaching, and more.

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A sense of belonging is essential to inclusion. Just sharing physical space is not enough; when we work to create meaningful relationships and experiences to fully include infants and toddlers with disabilities, the child, the other children, and the family all benefit.

A medida que apoya las relaciones entre los niños y sus familias y fomenta las relaciones importantes con los niños bajo su cuidado, es importante reconocer que las demás relaciones influyen en las vidas de los bebés y niños pequeños.

This brief provides a reflective exercise for experiencing your space from the perspective of an infant or toddler. 

Piense en un bebé o un niño pequeño que esté bajo su cuidado. Tómese un momento para identificar las relaciones importantes en la vida del niño.

Family members have important information about their own children, and this information is valuable to anyone involved in a child’s care. Parents and guardians have a special understanding of their children’s unique qualities and characteristics, such as temperament, strengths, and interests....

Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society.

Piense en un niño que haya cuidado hoy y en las interacciones que tuvo con él. ¿Cómo le mostró respeto? ¿De qué maneras fue receptivo?

This brief provides a reflective exercise for engaging in respectful and responsive relationships.

This brief provides a reflective exercise for learning from families to support your relationship with children. 

Responsive relationships truly make up the heart of what you do in your work with young children and families. For infants and toddlers, all learning happens in the context of their relationships with the important adults in their lives.