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Wisconsin Strengthens Training and Technical Assistance System for Early Childhood Professionals

Aug 15, 2017

Wisconsin provides training and technical assistance to professionals who directly serve young children and families.

As part of its Early Childhood Cross-Sector Professional Development Initiative, Wisconsin took steps to support individuals providing training and technical assistance (T-TA) to professionals who directly serve young children and families. Key to this effort was the Wisconsin Training and Technical Assistance Professional (T-TAP) Competencies For Early Childhood and Related Professionals Working with Adults, which define the relevant knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by T-TA providers. The competencies are grouped into seven areas:

  1. building relationships;
  2. communication;
  3. professionalism and ethics;
  4. adult learning principles;
  5. planning learning opportunities for adults;
  6. delivering learning opportunities for adults; and
  7. continuous quality improvement.

The T-TAP Competencies, available in both English and Spanish, are not intended to be an exhaustive list; rather, they provide general guidance for best practices when working with professionals who directly serve young children and their families. The Competencies were designed as a framework that complements other professional development systems in the state.

Three foundational courses were developed based on the T-TAP Competencies. Some employers in the state require T-TA staff to complete them to demonstrate their understanding of best practices in supporting the workforce. The competencies are also used by higher education to support students pursuing T-TA careers.

Updated October 2019

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