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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives (PDW Center)

ACF’s Office of Child Care (OCC) and Office of Head Start (OHS) created the PDW Center to work with Child Care and Development Fund grantees, Head Start/Early Head Start leaders, and their partners to design and implement professional development systems that align with other quality improvement efforts within and across early childhood and school-age settings, sectors, and systems. All of the PDW Center’s services and activities support OCC’s goal of building pathways to effective practice and professional recognition for child care professionals and OHS’s goal to improve teaching and learning through training and TA.

The PDW Center:

  • Provides TA in coordination and consultation with OCC, OHS, and the Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN) partners to maximize and individualize TA for States and Territories.
  • Creates TA tools to support State/Territory professional development system’s self-assessment and decisionmaking.
  • Supports infant/toddler and school-age communities of practice.
  • Develops and maintains a repository of early childhood education distance learning criteria, policies, and procedures.
  • Supports evaluation, design, and building of criteria that recognizes credentials, promotes reciprocity, and improves workforce access.

 

Additional information about the PDW Center and CCTAN is available at: http://childcare.gov/



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