A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems, Brief

This brief presents a policy blueprint for State early childhood professional development systems. An integrated system of professional development should unite the early childhood sectors (i.e., child care, Head Start, prekindergarten, public schools, early intervention, and special education services). Integrated policies decrease duplication of efforts and increase accountability and sustainability. It is recommended that States examine and build their public policies in the following six areas: (1) professional standards, (2) career pathways, (3) articulation, (4) financing, (5) advisory structure, and (6) data.