Professional Development (PD). Strengthening pre-service coursework and in-service PD efforts that ensure the workforce is well-educated, highly-skilled, and culturally competent across health, early learning, and family support. The grant will support strategies to reduce duplication of effort, leverage financial and other resources, and increase program quality.
2019 Workforce and Professional Development reports:
- Field Experiences
Higher Education and Articulations
- Incentives for Professional Development
- Prior Learning and Professional Development
Reciprocity and Professional Development
- Workforce and Professional Development Recommendations, as presented to Spark NH
2019 Needs Assessment Survey of Kindergarten Teachers:
Early Childhood Center of Excellence at UNH. Formalize the coalition of interdisciplinary early childhood experts at UNH and create a sustainable practice-based coaching model, including coordination of practice-based coaching opportunities relevant to ECCE professionals.
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Expand current pilot evaluation of QRIS coaching model work to provide practice-based coaching to infant, toddler, and preschools programs and to formalize a QRIS coaching implementation guide.
Play-Based Learning. Expand current work of the PDG B-5 Planning Grant to provide embedded coaching on play-based learning to kindergarten teachers and include evaluation of effectiveness.
Expanding Availability. Engage in targeted study to expand the availability of early learning programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers outside of the home by working directly with communities to increase access through a whole family mixed-delivery model (i.e., early learning programs with integrative family support services).