Advancing the Professional Development System for California's Early Care and Education Workforce
Feb 28, 2012
This study focuses on the education, training, and ongoing professional development of early care and education (ECE) caregivers, teachers, and administrators who work with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children from birth to kindergarten entry in California. It aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of the state's ECE workforce professional development system and a set of recommendations for improving the system's effectiveness.
Advancing California's Early Care and Education Workforce Professional Development System
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In an effort to inform preschool policy in California, an interdisciplinary team of RAND researchers conducted a multiyear study of preschool education known as the California Preschool Study. One of the recommendations from that study was the need for a more in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of the early care and education (ECE) workforce professional development system (PDS) in California. This study aims to provide a comprehensive synthesis of what is known and what is not known about key dimensions of the state's ECE workforce PDS and the resulting outcomes. It finds that California has taken steps to implement components of a comprehensive ECE workforce PDS but further advances are needed. In addition, information gaps mean that it is not possible to identify inefficiencies in the current system. The study provides a set of recommendations for improving the system's effectiveness by making better use of existing resources and by improving the ability of the PDS to prepare and support the ECE workforce.
What We Know from Research About Approaches to ECE Workforce Professional Development
What We Know from ECE Workforce Professional Development Systems in Other States
California ECE Workforce Requirements: Competencies and Credentials
Public and Private Postsecondary Institutions That Provide ECE Workforce Professional Development in California
Federal, State, and Local Funding Streams That Support ECE Workforce Professional Development in California
Recommendations for California's ECE Workforce Professional Development System
California Child Development Permit Matrix
Structure of California CSU Bachelor's Degree Programs Focusing on Young Children
Informal ECE Training Opportunities in California
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