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Pennsylvania Strengthens Higher Education Offerings for Early Childhood Professionals

Nov 7, 2016

Using Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funds, Pennsylvania awarded one-year mini-grants to align over 300 early childhood education courses.

Pennsylvania issued revised Core Knowledge Competencies (CKC) for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals in 2014 to define expectations for professionals working with children from infancy through age 12 in care and education settings. The state has taken a number of steps since then to make progress toward its goal of a common statewide progression of credentials and degrees aligned with the CKC. A critical strategy has been engagement with higher education. Using Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funds, Pennsylvania awarded community colleges, state colleges, and universities one-year mini-grants ranging from $7,500 to $15,000 to align over 300 early childhood education courses with the CKC. Courses must be aligned with the CKC to be included in Pennsylvania’s Keys to Quality Professional Development Registry. Additional grants are being considered for 2017.

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