Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce
The following resources provide information on building the capacity of the early childhood education professional workforce. Resources include State and local examples.
Applying Implementation Science in Early Childhood Programs and Systems
Halle, Metz, & Martinez-Beck (2013)
Presents current applications of implementation science in early childhood research and practice to highlight their key role in ensuring that early care and education initiatives are achieving their intended effects on their target populations.
Early Childhood Professionals
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Provides resources for early childhood professionals to improve their practice through self-study as well as courses and training sessions by faculty, trainers, and other professional development specialists. NAEYC awards CEUs for several of these resources.
Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative
National Associate for the Education of Young Children
Seeks to assist States in developing, enhancing, and implementing policies for an integrated early childhood professional development system. Resources include a database of State policies, webinars, and networking opportunities.
Forging a New Framework for Professional Development (PDF - 394 KB)
Georgetown University Center on Health and Education, ZERO TO THREE, & Early Childhood U.S. Department of Education, Educator Professional Development Program (2011)
Reviews findings and recommendations from a national summit to identify emerging and critical gaps in knowledge and research on effective professional development for early childhood educators.
Frameworks for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood: Description and Implications (PDF - 733 KB)
Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children, & National Head Start Association (2013)
Presents a broad definition and description of the features of response to intervention (RTI) frameworks as they are evolving in early childhood (EC) programs, describes common misconceptions about RTI in EC, and identifies future directions related to RTI research and practice in EC.
Getting Started: 10 Fundamentals of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems (PDF - 313 KB)
Early Childhood Data Collaborative (2010)
Explains the importance of collecting data at the individual child level that links data on early care and education (ECE) programs and workforce to improve programs and the workforce, increase access to high-quality ECE programs, and improve child outcomes. The need for State policymakers to establish policies, practices, and structures that ensure appropriate access and help stakeholders use data effectively to guide decision-making is emphasized.
|The Role of Educators in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect|
|Author(s):||Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Caliber Associates.
Download (PDF - 3,890KB)
|Year Published:||2003 - 85 pages|
|This manual, designed to examine the roles that teachers, school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, special education professionals, administrators, and other school personnel have in helping maltreated children, provides the basis for the involvement of educators in combating the problem of child abuse and neglect. It also may be used by other professionals involved in child abuse and neglect interventions, such as child protective services, mental health, law enforcement, health care, and early childhood professionals, to gain a better understanding of the role of educators in child protection. Specifically, this manual addresses the following topics: Identifying reasons why educators ...|
Strong Foundations: How-To Guide for the #B25 Social Media Campaign (PDF - 280 KB)
McCoy-Roth, Gavin, & Cooper
Explains the #B25 Strong Foundations social media campaign, an effort to spread research-based messages via Facebook and Twitter in order to increase awareness about the benefits of early childhood policies and investments for children ages birth to 5 (B25). The aim of the campaign is to focus on the importance of building strong foundations during early childhood, which will not only improve children's outcomes but reduce societal costs later.
Using a Strengths Approach to Early Childhood Teacher Preparation in Child Protection Using Work-Integrated Education (PDF - 432 KB)
Explores a collaborative strengths-based approach to investing in preservice early childhood teacher education in the area of child protection. The doctoral research of the author, which evaluated a Strengths Approach3 as a cross-sector tool for implementing change in early-childhood education and in doing so researched a potential investment in improving preservice preparation, is described and discussed.
State and local examples
Father Involvement in Early Childhood Programs (PDF - 5488 KB)
Minnesota Fathers and Families Network
Examines families that have been engaged with some form of early childhood education or service in Minnesota to understand how to improve support of fathers and their families and offers success stories and strategies about early childhood programs found to be highly effective to involve dads.
Increasing Family Engagement in Early Childhood Programs (PDF - 610 KB)
Jor'dan, Wolf, & Douglass (2012)
Young Children, 37(5)
Profiles the Strengthening Families Initiative (SFI) in Illinois and shares findings from an evaluation of early childhood programs that had been participating in the Illinois initiative for more than 2 years including a review of parent and staff surveys, programs' completion of a survey instrument, interviews, site visits, and the difference participation in SFI made in their lives.
New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
Provides a comprehensive system of professional development for individuals who work with young children in New York City through education, training, and career development and provides research and public policy resources.
Professional Development System
Washington State Department of Early Learning
Provides links and resources for Washington State early childhood learning professionals to receive continuing education credits to enhance the early childhood learning workforce.