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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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.

Observation, documentation, and reflection are important skills for high-quality infant and toddler care. This discusses the process of observing, documenting, and reflecting.

This brief discusses the importance of recognizing that other relationships influence the lives of infants and toddlers, as you support relationships between children and their families and nurture strong relationships with the children in your care. 

One sign of respectful and responsive relationships is that children and caregivers have a variety of meaningful interactions during their time together. This brief discusses ways to engage in meaningful interactions with the infants and toddlers in your care.

This brief provides a reflective exercise for building relationships with families.

The following questions can help you build relationships with children and families and learn about families’ different cultures. Asking these questions as soon as the child enrolls in your program can help you to practice culturally sensitive care.

The quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) structure was designed by states to evaluate and strengthen the level of quality of early child care programs and communicate these findings in an understandable way (Office of Child Care, n.d.).

El temperamento es la naturaleza básica de una persona o su manera natural de ser. Aprender acerca del temperamento puede ayudarlo a entender y a explicar el comportamiento de un niño, lo que a su vez puede llevar a un cuidado más receptivo e individualizado para los bebés y niños pequeños.

Consistent routines, activities that happen at about the same time and in about the same way each day, provide comfort and a sense of safety to young children.

Temperament is a person’s basic nature or natural way of being. Learning about temperament can help you understand and explain a child’s behavior, which in turn can lead to more responsive, individualized care for infants and toddlers. It takes time to learn about an individual’s temperament.