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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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?

You can create a high-quality infant and toddler environment by planning and creating spaces that support infants’ and toddlers’ development, engagement, and overall well-being.

Piense en un bebé o un niño pequeño que haya cuidado hoy. ¿Se conectó con este niño de una manera que haya sido significativa para usted? ¿Cómo supo que fue significativa?

Las rutinas consistentes, actividades que suceden todos los días cerca de la misma hora y casi en la misma forma, les brindan confort y un sentido de seguridad a los niños pequeños.

Las relaciones receptivas realmente representan el corazón de lo que hace en su labor con los niños pequeños y las familias. En el caso de los bebés y niños pequeños, todo el aprendizaje se da dentro del contexto de sus relaciones con los adultos importantes en su vida.

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.