Early Childhood - Professional Development

PI Chapter PI 34 Teacher Training and Professional Development– Re-design Implementation in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings.

This document addresses the implications PI 34 will have on the early childhood education and care workforce. The document also defines specific strategies to achieve priorities identified for individual early childhood programs.

The first section of the report provides an overview of PI34 and its implications for the workforce. The second section identifies priorities and general strategies for implementing PI34 within each segment of the early childhood workforce and, for each segment, in various early childhood settings. Each section of the report can be used with the main report or as a stand-alone piece to address concerns in each of the following early childhood programs.

  • School district teachers in community settings.
  • Special educators in DHFS Birth to 3 programs.
  • Licensed teachers in Head Start.
  • Licensed teachers in child care.

The Appendixes describe various approaches to professional development in the early childhood work force and includes a question-and-answer section.

Locating Inservice Training Opportunities It is often difficult for people to locate the early childhood training that meets their interest. Because there is not a seamless system of care and education in Wisconsin, there is not one source of information on what is available. Currently, several agencies in the state provide web sites and/or mailings that list early childhood related training opportunities around Wisconsin. Connect to a site to link the early childhood training opportunities available in the state.

Wisconsin Works to Develop an Early Childhood Career Matrix In Wisconsin several groups are working to build a unified sense of professional development between teachers of young children, whether they work in child care, Head Start, or in the schools. They promote articulation between university and technical colleges and inservice programs. They envision easy access and portability of credits and credentials within a consistent career ladder. The Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners have acted as an umbrella group for the promotion of this blended approach in Wisconsin. Our first effort was to detail the educational requirements and mobility for early childhood teaching positions in child care, Head Start, and schools. This led to the creation of The Wisconsin Early Care and Education Career Guide. This guide provides information on the programs, positions, and careers within early childhood care and education. You can read about the careers and the requirements needed for each position. The appendices give you terms, teacher training programs, and Wisconsin resources.

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For questions about this information, contact Jill Haglund (608) 267-9625