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How to Build a Strong Infant-Toddler Workforce

Download Files Feb 19, 2012

Federal and state policymakers must invest in comprehensive early childhood professional development systems to ensure that our infants and toddlers have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

To make healthy children, strong families, and positive early learning experiences a reality for everyone, professionals in a wide variety of roles and settings must respond to the needs of infants and toddlers in partnership with families and within the context of each child’s culture, ethnicity, and primary language. This work requires a level of specialized knowledge and skill that is unique to the developmental needs of these early foundational years, as well as collaboration among practitioners. Here’s how federal and state policymakers can make this happen.

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