Topic: State Work

A list of site resources and discussions related to state work in early childhood.


NPDCI State Work: Real World Applications

Articles and Papers

  • What Do We Mean by Professional Development in the Early Childhood Field?
    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.
  • Why Program Quality Matters for Early Childhood Inclusion. Recommendations for Professional Development
    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.
  • Building Integrated Professional Development Systems in Early Childhood: Recommendations for States
    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. 

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