National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives (PDW Center)
The National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives (PDW Center) builds State/Territory capacity to prepare and sustain a qualified cross-sector early childhood and school-age workforce. Technical assistance (TA) activities respond to customized Child Care and Development Fund Lead Agency plan goals in partnership with the Child Care State Systems Specialist Network and other Child Care Technical Assistance Network Partner projects. The PDW Center creates specialized TA tools to support professional development system assessment and strategic decisionmaking, facilitates topical learning communities, and coordinates the work of infant/toddler and school-age Communities of Practice. The PDW Center also supports the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) efforts to explore and address system capacity to increase access to and portability of individual professional credentials. The PDW Center is jointly funded by ACF’s Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start.