Professional Development in States

Professionals working with young children and families—whether in child care, home visiting programs, health clinics, or other settings—need the skills to effectively support children’s development and learning.

Although all states offer training opportunities to infant–toddler professionals, leading states are building a coordinated, cross-sector professional development system that leverages state resources to build the capacity of the infant–toddler workforce. An integrated professional development system incorporates personnel preparation and training around evidence-based core competencies, articulates into college degrees, includes alternative pathways to credentials, and links higher levels of training to increased compensation.