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Improving Program Quality and Professional Competence


Volume 40 No 3

How can we do better at serving, supporting, and advocating for young children and their families and do better at working together as professionals? The articles in this issue of the Journal highlight that a critical key to becoming better—whether as an individual, a team, or an entire field—is relationships. Each article looks at a different facet of improvement and growth in the early childhood field of practice, from the micro-level of one-on-one reflective supervision to the program level, as family service agencies strive to fill gaps in serving vulnerable populations, to the macro-level of early childhood systems and policies.

Table of Contents

Pg 2-This Issue and Why It Matters
Stefanie Powers

Pg 5- Defining Competencies for the Early Childhood Workforce
Sarah LeMoine

Pg 12- An Evolving Vision for Designing Professional Learning: Inspiration From Aotearoa New Zealand
Kathy Reschke and Donna Ruhland

Pg 20—PERSPECTIVES: Power to the Profession Task Force: Foundational to Early Childhood Education
Kristen Greene, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC; with Sarah LeMoine and Katrina Macasaet, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

Pg 24- National Workforce Registry Alliance Dataset Sheds Light on Infant–Toddler Educator Characteristics
Nikki Darling-Kuria, Kelly Smith, Jill M. Soto, and Joellyn Whitehead

Pg 35- What Happens When Young Children Do Not Meet Criteria for IDEA Part B/C?: Early Discovery for Mild Delays
Ruby A. Natale, Ellen Kolomeyeter, Kristyna Peña, Ana Robleto, Joselyn Nicole Crooks, Diana Beltré, Rachel Spector, and Zafreen Jaffery

Pg 48- Closing the Gap Through Enhanced, Family-Centered Approaches to Care Navigation: Increasing Successful Referrals for Developmental Delays With Colorado Project LAUNCH
by Lorraine F. Kubicek, Lisa Jansen Thompson, Antonio Luna, Stephanie Henderson, and Rachel Hubbard

Pg 57- Deconstructing a Reflective Supervision Conversation: Voices From the Field
by Faith Eidson and Deborah J. Weatherston

Pg 64- Reflective Consultation With Groups via Virtual Technology: What Is Best Practice?
Ashley McCormick, Faith Eidson, and Mary E. Harrison

Pg 72- Reflective Consultation in Child Care for Medically Fragile Young Children
by Melissa Buchholz, Verenea Serrano, Sara Hills, and Catherine Wolcott


Each issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal focuses on a critical topic within the early childhood development field. Journal articles are carefully composed to present current knowledge, latest research, and practical advice to help early childhood professionals do their best work in support of infants and toddlers.