Rhode Island Early Childhood Partners,
As we transition into the updated 2023 Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS), RIDE, in partnership with the Department of Human Services, is pivoting away from using the Workforce Knowledge and Competencies (WKC’s), and transitioning to the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. Rhode Island recognizes the importance of ongoing early care and education research and believes that by adopting the NAEYC Professional Standards and Competencies, we will ensure that our workforce will remain current on best practices. Please find the attached flyer with the formal announcement of this shift with an embedded, scannable QR code that you may use to access the Professional Standards and Competencies resource directly. Stay tuned for more information on educational leadership standards, WKC alignment, and next steps.