Topic: Early Childhood Professional Development
A list of resources and discussions on professional development in early childhood, including a concept paper with a definition and framework for professional development, research findings, blogs, presentations and other related materials.
Articles and Papers
This concept paper presents a definition and framework for professional development in early childhood. Defining what is meant by professional development is intended to guide efforts aimed at ensuring that the early childhood workforce is highly qualified and effective in working with young children (birth through 8) and their families.
Written comments to the US Department of Education’s Listening and Learning about Early Learning Workforce and Professional Development Tour. In May 2010, NPDCI submitted written comments on professional development in early childhood via this document.
Only a handful of states address children with disabilities in their early child care quality rating systems. As a result, few states are evaluating the quality of inclusive programs and services. This problem is compounded by a lack of consensus on dimensions that define high quality inclusion and a need for additional measures of quality inclusive practices. This NPDCI paper advocates for the need to link early childhood program quality and professional development, with a particular focus on how this topic relates to early childhood inclusion.
This document provides references to support specific statements related to professional development in the early childhood field.
Planning and Facilitation Tools
This is a seven-step sequence for planning and developing a statewide early childhood professional development system. A definition and conceptual framework for professional development are included, as well as suggestions for facilitation, guiding questions, key considerations, and planning forms.
- PD Planning Matrix
This survey is designed to gather information that will produce a descriptive landscape of professional development in early childhood in a state across multiple sectors. The intended respondents are professional development providers—those who provide learning opportunities and support for practitioners (the learners) who work directly with young children (birth to 8) and their families. The information gathered by The Landscape can be used to describe who the learners are, what professional development content they receive, and how learners acquire core competencies and get support to apply what they learn in practice.
This CoP Indicators Checklist was developed based on the most recent literature on communities of practice. The document provides indicators, with references, for groups creating or maintaining CoPs, proving a tool for identifying their current strengths and weaknesses and for targeting areas for improvement.
- Provocations on Integration of QRIS and State Professional Development Systems
- Is There a Guidebook for this Destination?
- Got Compentencies? What's Next?
- Wiki: Help Define Professional Development Terms
Coaching and Consultation
How do you develop competent and successful coaches? What is collaborative consultation and how is it being implemented? Join representatives from three inclusion-related projects for a discussion of coaching and consultation.
Reflective Supervision and Practice, by Linda Eggbeer
Linda Eggbeer from Zero to Three revisits the April Community discussion on Reflective Supervision.
Coaching: How is it used in Early Childhood? by Dathan Rush
Dathan Rush from FIPP summarizes the February 2009 online community discussion about Coaching.
Module 1: Embedded Interventions
Learn about the practice of embedded interventions to help children participate in a variety of early learning opportunities and environments promoting high quality inclusion.
Módulo 1: Intervenciones incorporadas (Spanish version of Module 1)
Module 2: Transition
Learn about practices to help support children and families as they transition among programs in the early care and education system.
Module 3: Communication for Collaboration
Learn about communication practices that can be used to promote collaboration with professionals and families in early care and education, and intervention settings.