Transforming the Workforce Report:

 reviews the science of child development and the implications for those who work with children birth through age 8.
 explores the disconnected nature of systems and services, emphasizing the need for a more unified approach.
 includes 13 recommendations that connect the science of child development to practice and policy. 
 named one of the most important and transformative studies of the ECE workforce.

Join the discussion! Explore the impact this report will have on the field and on professional development system supports.

Register today—Six webinar dates are listed below. Plan to attend one, several or all of the discussions. Register for each of the webinars separately by clicking Register Here next to the date.


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Webinar Dates

Part I – Introduction and Context
Monday, June 29 – 11:30am-1:00pm
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  • Study scope and charge
  • The care and education landscape for children from Birth through Age 8
    • Including discussion of practice settings, professinal roles and funding streams

Part II –
The Science of Child Development and Early Learning
Monday, July 20 – 11:30am-1:00pm Register Here

  • The latest information on brain development and how environment plays a role in early learning
  • Child development and implications for care and education settings and practitioners

Part III – Implications of the Science for Early Care and Education
Monday, August 17 – 11:30am-1:00pm Register Here

  • Importance of continuity for children Birth through Age 8
    • Including early learning standards, environments, assessments, family engagement
  • Educational practices
    • Including specifics regarding working with infants and toddlers, and preschool and early elementary school
  • Knowledge and competencies - what care and education professionals who work with children age 0-8 need to know and be able to do

Part IV – Developing the Care and Education Workforce for Children Birth through Age 9
Monday, September 21 – 11:30am-1:00pm Register Here

  • Factors that contribute to quality professional practice
  • Higher Education and ongoing professional learning
  • Qualification requirements, evaluation systems, and quality assurance systems
  • Status of well-being of the workforce

Part V –Blue print for Action
Monday, October 19 – 11:30am-1:00pm Register Here

  • 13 Recommendations to transform the workforce, with considerations for their implications
  • Specific recommendations to improve professional learning systems

Next Steps
Monday, November 23 – 11:30am-1:00pm
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    ExceleRate Illinois Orientation for Licensed Child Care is available online.  This orientation provides an interactive overview of our state-wide quality rating and improvement system.

    The BUILD Initiative conducted a survey of states with regard to their quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).  Their brief of Aligning QRIS and CCR&R Goals to Support a High Quality Early Learning System talks about how state leaders can best partner with CCR&Rs to achieve quality goals. 

    The Opening Minds Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference and Expo Regular Registration deadline is December 18, 2015. Visit their website to register now for the January 2016 Conference.