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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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It can be a challenge to recruit and retain highly qualified professionals in early childhood education. In this resource, find examples of state systems and policies that help support recruiting and retaining a highly-qualified workforce.

Learn what states need to know to meet the 2016 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations on training and professional development. States must have a framework for training, professional development, and postsecondary education for caregivers and directors.

This document provides research and materials on reducing the expulsion of young children in early childhood programs. Review resources and tools that help promote the mental health and social and emotional well-being of young children.

Learn how articulation work connects to two recommendations in the Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation report. Explore strategies that help develop and support state articulation goals.

Taking a cross-sector approach can be an effective strategy to engage out-of-school-time programs in quality improvement systems, supporting more efficient use of resources for improving school-age child outcomes.  This practice brief is the second in a series published by NCASE to build...

On September 14, 2017 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) and the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) facilitated a webinar where participants:

In this Spotlight on Innovations webinar, learn about the 20 Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) states. Find out how these states use professional development, credentials, workforce data collection, and other supports to improve early childhood education workforce knowledge....

Text4Teachers supports Head Start and Early Head Start teachers, staff, and others who care for and teach young children in center-based and family child care settings.

EarlyEdU Alliance is a higher education collaboration community for Head Start and other early childhood education (ECE) staff. In this webinar, find out how ECE programs are working together to improve child outcomes by transforming early childhood teacher development.

In early 2017, several states participated in a series of peer-to-peer calls to share experiences about the design and implementation of their infant/toddler specialist networks.The promising state practices listed in this resource are based on the information shared by state in