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Workforce Innovations and Professional Development Teams Shine this Summer

Jun 26, 2017

It’s sum, sum, summertime and ZERO TO THREE's Early Childhood Workforce Innovations and Professional Development teams are embracing these busy days and the opportunities to help our early childhood professionals shine!

Recent and upcoming activities include: ZERO TO THREE’s first-ever trainer certifications, presentations at national events, and partnerships with others to produce discussion podcasts and papers. Scroll down to find out more.

ZERO TO THREE Awards Its First Trainer Certifications: Critical Competencies!

ZERO TO THREE congratulates its inaugural class of provisionally certified trainers: Critical Competencies! The Early Childhood Workforce Innovations team awarded the certifications to the Pennsylvania pilot cohort on June 16. The trainers’ successfully completed all of the certification requirements, including the 5-part training-of-trainers series, knowledge assessments, and preparation and reflection activities related to ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™.

Later this summer, the Early Childhood Workforce Innovations team looks forward to awarding the ZERO TO THREE provisional trainer certifications and celebrating with its other pilot partners in Ohio and Arkansas, too! And stay tuned … as of October 2017, our Critical Competencies online reflection tool, professional development series, training-of-trainers and trainer certification will be finalized and rolled-out to the field!

The Preschool Podcast by HiMama

The Preschool Podcast is a platform for leaders in early childhood education to share their experiences, thoughts, and insights in the world of early learning. In the latest episode, Sarah LeMoine, ZERO TO THREE’s Director of Early Childhood Workforce Innovations, emphasizes the importance of connecting the dots between an educator’s practice during these formative years and the science behind early learning and development. In our conversation, we hear about the ZERO TO THREE Early Childhood Workforce Innovations and the ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™ program and how it is designed to support educators in a way that is meaningful, relatable, and practical for their professional journey. Listen now! >>

National Academy of Medicine Discussion Paper: A Unified Foundation to Support a Highly Qualified Early Childhood Workforce

The early care and education system in the United States has not kept pace with the rapid changes in family life and new scientific understandings about how young children learn. In an effort to support early childhood workforce improvement efforts taking place across the country, authors of a new National Academy of Medicine discussion paper are making a public commitment to work collaboratively in the coming years to help coordinate and align the early care and education provided to young children. They represent national organizations, including ZERO TO THREE, that are dedicated to making sure our youngest children are adequately supported in their most vulnerable years. Read the paper! >>

Recent and Upcoming

ZERO TO THREE staff were pleased to see many of you at NAEYC’s recent Professional Learning Institute in San Francisco. Our team enjoyed making connections at the market place, and in the sessions we facilitated with our partners: two on the Power to the Profession Initiative; Exploring the Caring Conversations Café Model: Discovering a New Way to Engage Families and Providers in Meaningful Conversations to Improve Quality; Using Evaluation to Improve and Advocate for Professional Development; and Implementation of Early Childhood Curriculum with Fidelity. The opportunities to network and take deep dives into workforce conversations were exciting and inspiring!

And … we are looking forward to forging and enhancing more connections with you at the upcoming 2017 QRIS National Meeting in Dallas. ZERO TO THREE is proud to be a three-star sponsor of this meeting—stop by our booth in the exhibit hall and say hello! We’re looking forward to the rich discussions and learnings we will share together with you. Our staff will be part of the following three sessions and hope you’ll join us for them:

  • Family Voice
    Wednesday, June 28, 8:00 am-10:00 am
    Presenters: Ilyssa Foxx, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles; Alex Himmel, Los Angeles Universal Preschool; Sherri Killins Stewart, BUILD Initiative; Anna Lovejoy, Center for the Study of Social Policy; Jamie Morrison Ward, Curricula Concepts, Inc.; Phil Sirinides, University of Pennsylvania; Jodi Whiteman, ZERO TO THREE

  • Power to the Profession: The Blueprint for a More Defined, Unified and Supported Early Care and Education Profession
    Thursday, June 29, 8:30-10:00 am
    Presenters: Katherine Kempe and Marica Cox Mitchell, NAEYC; Sarah LeMoine, ZERO TO THREE

  • Where the “IT” Hits the Road: Implementing Reflection, Concrete Skills, and Meaningful Plans for Infant-Toddler Educators
    Thursday, June 29, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
    Presenters: Sarah LeMoine and Christina Nigrelli, ZERO TO THREE