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. This policy brief examines the importance of professional development as it applies to high-quality instruction for young Latino and ELL students and how it can be provided within the context of current workforce constraints.