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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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....

The infant and toddler care delivery systems within states and territories can be challenging to navigate. Furthermore, technical assistance (TA) providers work in a variety of settings with a range of priorities.

In group care settings, what does inclusion of infants and toddlers with disabilities or other special needs involve? And how can teachers find out what they need to know?

Supporting reflective practice may be one of the best things a TA provider can do to improve quality. Reflection helps teachers think about their caregiving practices and develop greater self-awareness.

A sense of authentic belonging is essential to inclusion. Just sharing physical space is not enough; when caregivers work to create meaningful relationships and experiences to fully include infants and toddlers with identified or suspected disabilities or other special needs, everyone benefits...

Training and professional development can be an exciting way to learn. It can also be a great way to connect with your peers. During trainings, you may enjoy getting to know others who have the same love for infants and toddlers.

The development of core knowledge and competency standards (CKCs) is a key part of professionalizing infant/toddler care and education.

People who take care of others often put their own needs last. Does that sound familiar? Caring for yourself is important for your health and wellness, and it is directly related to your ability to care for others and succeed at work.

Professional learning opportunities that focus specifically on infant and toddler care and development can help you improve and increase your skills and strategies for giving the responsive, relationship-based care that is best for infants and toddlers.

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.