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Have Your Professional Development Opportunity Approved

Rhode Island’s dedicated early childhood teachers, center and school leaders, and family child care providers deserve the very best in professional development and training opportunities. To ensure the quality of these opportunities, the Center for Early Learning Professionals—in partnership with Rhode Island’s Department of Education, Department of Human Services, and Department of Children, Youth and Families—is implementing a professional development approval process. Beginning June 1, 2014, all professional development activities for the early childhood workforce must meet certain criteria in order to qualify under the state’s requirements for ongoing professional development.

The system will ensure that professional development offered across the state will:

  • Articulate learning objectives and content aligned with Workforce Knowledge and Competency domains and career levels
  • Include references that demonstrate ties to research, theory, and best practice
  • Establish a learning atmosphere that encourages participants to share their knowledge and experiences and apply learning to their practice
  • Demonstrate appreciation of and respect for the unique needs and characteristics of the participants
  • Be delivered by individuals who demonstrate deep content knowledge of the topic and understanding of adult learning principles

Professional development providers will be expected to meet the qualifications and expectations found in Rhode Island’s Workforce Knowledge and Competencies Framework for Professional Development Providers and Higher Education Faculty/Staff, once this framework becomes available.

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Professional Development Opportunities Now Available

The Center for Early Learning Professionals is pleased to announce its professional development (PD) opportunities for spring 2014.

All of the PD offered by the Center aligns with the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards as well as the state’s new Workforce Knowledge and Competency Frameworks.

The spring 2014 offerings are designed for center directors, education coordinators, education supervisors, preschool teachers, infant-toddler teachers, and family child care providers.

Topics include:

  • Using Environment Rating Scales to improve program quality
  • Developing a responsive curriculum for infants and toddlers
  • Effective interaction strategies for preschool teachers
  • Care and development of young children in home care settings

Center PD opportunities are free and open to early learning professionals in Rhode Island. Priority will be given to staff from programs that have a BrightStars rating or are in the process of applying for one.

To learn more about the offerings and to register, visit the Center for Early Learning Professionals’ website at center-elp.org and click on the Professional Development tab. Or call us at 401-736-9020.

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Center for Early Learning Professionals Opens for Business

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) are pleased to announce the opening of the Center for Early Learning Professionals. The Center is part of Exceed–Rhode Island’s Early Childhood Commitment, the initiative implementing the Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge Grant.

The Center’s services are designed to help early childhood providers, teachers, and administrators improve the care and education of the state’s youngest children, from birth through age 5.

The Center’s services will help you and your staff learn about the latest research in early childhood learning and development. You also will learn about best practices and how to apply them to improve what you do in your program and with children. Specifically, the Center provides three core services: (1) professional development, (2) technical assistance, and (3) quality improvement grants.

The Center is particularly dedicated to helping programs and providers that serve children with the greatest educational needs, including children with disabilities, children growing up in poverty, and children whose first language is not English. We will provide many of our training sessions, support, and materials in both English and Spanish. Our services are free to the state’s early learning programs and providers.

For more information, visit the Center’s website at center-elp.org.

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