Leadership & Professional Development

Leadership & Professional Development

By Default or By Design

Many states are preparing for the possibility that President Obama's preschool plan calling for degreed teachers may become a reality, and are continuing to engage in efforts to revamp and expand their professional preparation and development systems. As these efforts progress, there is increased attention focused on the capacity of higher education to meet the demand for skilled early childhood teachers and a range of professionals who educate and support them.

Degrees in Context

Many states are preparing for the possibility that President Obama's preschool plan calling for degreed teachers may become a reality, and are continuing to engage in efforts to revamp and expand their professional preparation and development systems. As these efforts progress, there is increased attention focused on the capacity of higher education to meet the demand for skilled early childhood teachers and a range of professionals who educate and support them.

Preparing Young Latino Children for School Success: Best Practices in Professional Development

Effective professional development is a key component of successful early learning programs, especially as the population of Latinos and English language learners (ELLs) continues to grow. Early childhood education (ECE) educators need the knowledge and skills to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families—a knowledge set that is often not provided in traditional training courses and certification processes.

Leadership Matters

This brief from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership focuses on the need to emphasize leadership development within an early childhood organization and to address leadership credentialing in QRIS. 

A Foundation for Quality Improvement Systems: State Licensing, Preschool and QRIS Program Standards

This brief by the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement is an examination of current standards that apply to varied types of early care and education programs. It contains an overview of the types of program quality standards in States, discusses challenges faced by States in establishing a common set of standards, and describes the applicability of standards to varied programs and settings for young children.