Professional Development

Professional Development

Excellence in early childhood education (ECE) programs is built on a workforce that promotes continuous program improvement. Professional development is a cornerstone of this process. It includes gaining new knowledge, skills, and abilities, along with experience and competencies that relate to one’s profession, job responsibilities, or work environment. ECE programs and staff must address three areas: Professional Development Systems; Foundation for Staff Development; and Individual Career Development. Resources are organized within these areas to promote easy access to the information you need.

Head Start Staff Qualifications

Head Start programs must ensure all staff, consultants, and contractors have sufficient knowledge, training, experience, and competencies to fulfill the roles and duties of their position.

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Individualized Professional Development (iPD) Portfolio

Explore the iPD Portfolio, an online platform that offers accessible, self-paced modules based on staff roles and interests in Head Start and child care settings.

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Practice-Based Coaching (PBC)

PBC uses a cyclical process to supports teachers’ use of effective teaching practices, leading to positive outcomes for children. PBC occurs in the context of collaborative partnerships.

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Credentialing and Degree Programs Databases

Head Start staff who work with families can find the latest credentialing, certificate, and degree programs in their states with these three databases.

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Professional Development

Topic:Professional Development

Resource Type: Topic Page

National Centers: Office of Head Start

Last Updated: July 15, 2019