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State/Territory Professional Development System Overviews

These one-page overviews summarize State/Territory professional development systems. They include brief descriptions of the systems' infrastructure, target audience, and key components. Highlighted components include core knowledge and competencies, approval systems, workforce registries/data systems, and career pathways. Links to additional State/Territory information are also included.

Quick Look Resources

The Quick Look resources provide a brief overview of various workforce supports and how they are part of aligned professional development systems. These resources feature State/Territory examples and links to additional information.

Program Integrity Resources

The NCCCSIA provides technical assistance to States to help them make progress in achieving goals of reducing errors and improper payments, strengthening subsidy operations, and preventing and eliminating fraud.

Planning and Implementation Guides

The Planning and Implementation guides are designed for State/Territory teams as they develop and strengthen their professional development system. The guides offers strategic decisionmaking assistance to State/Territory teams as they consider existing efforts, develop goals, assess their readiness to change, and form and evaluate an implementation plan.

Delaware's Story

Delaware has been strategically focused on giving its children “a great start in school and in life”. To make this vision a reality, Delaware’s newly created a strategic plan for a comprehensive early childhood system outlines four bold goals that address healthy children, high quality programs and professionals, an aligned birth through third grade system, and sustained system improvement—each of which is consistent with the Office of Child Care’s Outcomes.

Emergency Preparedness

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 requires Lead Agencies to develop state- and territory-wide child care disaster plans. These plans must demonstrate how each state and territory will address the needs of children—including the need for safe child care—before, during, and after a major disaster or emergency, including a state of emergency declared by the governor.

These resources can provide guidance to states and territories as they develop and implement disaster plans.

Comparison of State Licensing and QRIS Standards for Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Centers: Learning Environment, Developmental Domains, and Assessment

This document has been developed to help inform States about current program quality standards found in learning environment, developmental domains addressed in learning activities, and observation/assessment methods to track children’s development for the care of infants and toddlers in center-based settings. Two types of state program quality standards were reviewed and analyzed for this brief: child care licensing regulations and QRIS standards. Also included are summaries of the Early Head Start Program Performance Standards in these content areas.

Comparison of State Licensing and QRIS Standards for Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Centers: Family Engagement

This document has been developed to help inform States about current program quality standards about family involvement in the classroom/program, family communication and education, and family support and resources  for the care of infants and toddlers in center-based settings. Two types of state program quality standards were reviewed and analyzed for this brief: child care licensing regulations and QRIS standards. Also included are summaries of the Early Head Start Program Performance Standards in these content areas.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Federal and State Requirements for Early Childhood Education Services

This document shows key elements of Early Head Start (EHS) and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) legislation and regulations. It can serve as a tool for States and local organizations to enter state-specific early education program requirements. Once complete, the grid can be used as an at-a-glance resource to identify similarities and differences across regulations and funding sources, as well as a springboard for determining ways to overcome barriers to successful early education partnerships.

A Glossary for Partnerships

This document provides definitions of key acronyms and terms frequently used in partnership work. These definitions offer a starting point for discussion and can be added to as the partnership takes shape to ensure that all participants have a common understanding.