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Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative

Sponsored by the Birth to Five Policy Alliance and Cornerstones for Kids.

Overview

NAEYC is undertaking a new state professional development and career systems initiative, made possible by the generous support of the Birth to Five Alliance and Cornerstones for Kids. This initiative focuses on the underlying state public policies that support integrated early childhood professional development systemsfor all early childhood education professionals working with and on behalf of young children.

An integrated system crosses sectors serving early education professionals working in direct and nondirect service roles. Such roles may be in Head Start; for-profit and not-for-profit child care programs in centers and homes; state prekindergarten programs in community-based and school-settings; public school programs; early intervention and special education services; resource and referral agencies; higher education institutions; state departments of education, licensing, health, and other early childhood education related departments.

State Policy Blueprint for an Integrated Professional Development System

Workforce Designs: A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems

This blueprint focuses on the policies that connect professional development activities and that support and make possible an effective implementation of a state system of professional development. It highlights policy principles and essential policy areas that build or sustain an integrated system—a system that ensures quality in all settings in which early childhood professionals work. These principles and highlighted policy areas look beyond the status quo; they are aimed at the development and retention of a competent and stable early childhood workforce—a skilled cadre of effective, diverse, and adequately compensated professionals.

Click here to access the full report.

Click here to access the brief.

Database of State Policies that Meet or Relate to the Blueprint

The database of state policies is organized by the blueprint’s six essential policy areas of professional standards, career pathways, articulation, advisory structure, data and financing. The database also indicates whether state policies apply or address the blueprint’s four over-arching policy principles of integration; quality assurance; diversity, inclusion, and access; and compensation parity.

Click here to access database.

Workforce Policy Web Seminars New!

This six-part series is organized by the essential policy areas as outlined in Workforce Designs: A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems. The seminars are designed for state policy makers, early education advocates, and program administrators working to connect professional development activities and initiatives into an integrated system.

#1 Focus on Advisory Structures—March 23rd, 2:00–3:30 pm EDT (PDF / Online Presentation)
#2 Focus on Articulation—April 1st, 2:00–3:30 pm EDT (PDF)
#3 Focus on Data—April 7th, 2:00–3:30 pm EDT (PDF / Online Presentation )
#4 Focus on Professional Standards and Career Pathways—April 23rd, 2:00–3:30 pm EDT (PDF / Online Presentation)
#5 Focus on Financing—May 12th, 2:00–3:30 pm EDT (PDF / Online Presentation )
#6 Focus on Workforce Development Systems and QRIS—May 28th, 2:00–3:30 pm EDT

Click here for more details on this seminar series.

National Summit of States: State Professional Development Leadership Team Work Day

June 2009 Summit

Saturday, June 13, 2008 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

A pre-Institute session at NAEYC’s 18th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in Charlotte, North Carolina.

NAEYC’s Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative is pleased to host this working day, made possible by the generous support of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance and Cornerstones for Kids.

Planned in partnership with:

  • Birth to Five Policy Alliance
  • Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
  • National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education
  • National Center for Children in Poverty
  • National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center, a service of the Child Care Bureau
  • National Conference of State Legislators
  • National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
  • National Professional Development Center on Inclusion
  • The National Registry Alliance
  • Office of Head Start
  • Ounce of Prevention Fund

This intensive work day is designed for state leaders working to build and enhance professional development and career systems for the entire early childhood workforce. The 2009 summit will be spent in interactive peer-to-peer discussions focused on moving states’ integrated professional development systems policies and work forward. A variety of national experts will serve as resources throughout the day and input from participating states will help to form the details of the day’s agenda.

**The registration process for this event is now closed. **

June 2008 Summit

Hundreds of leaders from 30 states and national experts participated in Linking sectors, advancing systems: Second annual state professional development leadership team work day pre-conference session at NAEYC’s 17th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in New Orleans, Louisiana. Click here for the press release on this state team work day.

Selected materials from the state team work day

About the Funders

Birth to Five Policy Alliance
The Birth to Five Policy Alliance was established in 2005 to help to shift the odds for very young children and narrow the achievement gap. The goal is to promote innovative and successful policy ideas that support families in their parenting role and ensure positive early childhood development and learning opportunities for at-risk infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.

Additional information about the Birth to Five Policy Alliance is available on the Web at http://birthtofivepolicy.org

Cornerstones for Kids
The mission of Cornerstones for Kids (C4K) is to improve the lives and circumstances of vulnerable children. Created in 2004, Cornerstones for Kids houses and manages the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Human Services Workforce Initiative. C4K defines the “Human Services Workforce” as the frontline staff in child welfare, juvenile justice, child care, youth development, and employment services.

Additional Information about C4K is available on the Web at http://www.cornerstones4kids.org.

Press release on this new NAEYC project, click here.

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NAEYC looks forward to sharing more information as this new initiative continues.