The purpose of this project is to develop a statewide systemic professional development blueprint for North Carolina’s early care and education workforce to address the provisions of Section 6.1.1. of the 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). These provisions require training and professional development that will improve the knowledge and skills of the early care and education workforce so that they may effectively promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children. This work will result in a written document for the Division of Child Development and Early Education that describes a progression of ongoing, accessible training and professional development for the diverse workforce of early care and education providers in North Carolina. The blueprint will reflect evidence-based best practices for professional development in the areas of coaching, mentoring, technical assistance consultation, and formal coursework that will support the early care and education workforce and prepare them to meet the developmental needs of participating infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. The blueprint also will address foundational and specialized competencies, including those developed for providers serving children of different ages, English language learners, children with disabilities, children with mental health needs, and children who are homeless.
North Carolina Division of Child Development
09/01/2016 to 02/28/2017