To explore approaches to the implementation and assessment of competencies for teachers and caregivers serving infants and toddlers in group early care and education settings.
Recent efforts to support infant/toddler teachers and caregivers have focused on using competencies to improve professional development pathways for the workforce but little is known about what facilitates successful use of competency frameworks.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
The project aims to examine existing efforts across states, institutions of higher education, professional organizations, and child care and early education programs related to competencies for I/T teachers and caregivers who work in group (center-based and family child care) settings and build a conceptual foundation to inform future measurement, research, and evaluation.
Key activities include:
- A scan of existing competency frameworks, to examine approaches to implementation and assessment as well as alignment across various competency frameworks;
- A scan of measures aligned with competencies, to examine potential tools for assessing competencies for research or practice
- A literature review and development of a conceptual model, to examine and depict the associations between competencies and key program, teacher/caregiver, family, and child outcomes
- An examination of other fields that have successfully developed and implemented competency frameworks, to identify key lessons that can be applied to infant and toddler care and education
- In-depth case studies of five states that have developed and implemented competency frameworks targeted to infant and toddler teachers and caregivers
Evidence & Insights From This Project
An Interactive Map Shows State Approaches to Improving Infant and Toddler Care
This interactive map provides information about state competency frameworks that are relevant to infant and toddler teachers and caregivers.Learn More
An Exploration of Online Professional Development Systems Supporting the Competencies of Infant and Toddler Teachers and Caregivers
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