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.


Read the full report here.


Webinar Dates

Part I – Introduction and Context
Monday, June 29 – 11:30am-1:00pm
Register Here

  • 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
 Register Here





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Gateways to Opportunity

Privacy Policy

INCCRRA values your trust and respects your expectation of privacy. As such, we are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of your personal information. This document outlines our privacy policy for applicants to INCCRRA-administered programs, such as those through Gateways to Opportunity or Quality Counts.

Our Collection of Information About You

We may collect nonpublic personal information about you in order to understand your needs, administer our business, process transactions, and provide you with products and services. We may obtain nonpublic personal information about you from the following sources:

  • Information we receive from you on applications or other forms (such as your name, address, social security number and income);
  • Information we receive from Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (such as your participation in CCR&R trainings and grant programs);
  • Information received from government agencies used to verify nonpublic personal information.

Our Use of Information About You

We use the information we collect about you to determine eligibility for programs applied for and to provide you with products and services. In addition, we may periodically send, by mail or e-mail, informational and promotional materials regarding professional development and program improvement opportunities available to you through the Gateways to Opportunity or Quality Counts programs. In addition, your name may be selected for an invitation to participate in INCCRRA-administered research surveys. If you wish to not receive these forms of communication from INCCRRA, please submit your request in writing to INCCRRA, Data & Research Department, 1226 Towanda Plaza, Bloomington, IL 61701.

Our Disclosure of Information

We do not disclose your personal information with any outside party unless:

  • You specifically authorize us to release your name and contact information to the media, Child Care Resource & Referral, public policy advocates, Illinois Department of Human Services, legislators and others for recognition of your participation in INCCRRA-administered programs;
  • We are required to do so pursuant to an administrative court order or subpoena.

Maintaining Accurate Information

We have procedures in place that help us to maintain the accuracy of the personally identifiable information that we collect. Please write to us at INCCRRA, Data & Research Department, 1226 Towanda Plaza, Bloomington, IL 61701, or call us at 1 (800) 649-1884, if you believe that our information about you is incomplete, out-of-date, or incorrect.

Information Security

We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to those employees who have a need to know such information (e.g., to process your applications or provide services to you). We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard your nonpublic personal information.

Visitors to Our Web Site

Visitors to our Web sites remain anonymous, unless they register for a service or otherwise elect to disclose their identity to us. Although we do not collect personally identifying information about persons who simply visit our site, we do collect certain limited information about visitors, such as their IP address (a numeric address assigned automatically to computers when they access the Internet). We also may place "cookies" on a computer to track a visitor's use of our web site. A cookie is a piece of data that is stored on your hard drive. It takes up very little room on your system and helps us to customize our site and make its navigation easier for you. We sometimes use cookies to help estimate the number of visitors to our site and to determine which areas are the most popular. Unless you register with us for a service (such as access to the Registry Members secured section), the cookie does not provide us with any personally identifying information about you, such as your name or address.

Links to Other Web Sites

Our Web sites may feature links to third party Web sites that offer goods, services or information. Some of these sites may appear as windows-within-windows at this site. When you click on one of these links, you will be leaving our site and will no longer be subject to this policy. We are not responsible for the information collection practices of the other Web sites that you visit and urge you to review their privacy policies before you provide them with any personally identifiable information. Third party sites may collect and use information about you in a way that is different from this policy.

Services and Advertisements by Third Parties

Third parties may offer services from time to time at our Web site. If you provide them with information, their use of that information will be subject to their privacy policy, if any, and will not be subject to this policy. If you accept third party goods or services advertised at our Web site, the third party may be able to identify that you have a relationship with us (e.g., if the offer was only made through our site).


We feel strongly about protecting the privacy of children and teenagers. As such, we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from minors through our Web site unless they have obtained parental permission.

Changes to this Policy

We may add to, delete from, or otherwise change the terms of this Privacy Notice from time to time by posting a notice of the change (or an amended Privacy Notice) at If required by law, we will send you a notice of the change. Your continued use of our web site or any on-line service following notification will constitute your agreement to the revised Privacy Notice.


If you have any questions regarding this Policy, you can call us at 1 (800) 649-1884 or write to us at INCCRRA, Data & Research Department, 1226 Towanda Plaza, Bloomington, IL 61701.

Effective 7/01/09

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Let’s Talk About It:  The Importance of Language Development is the focus of The 39th Annual Early Childhood Conference to be held at Concordia University Chicago.  The conference is scheduled for Friday, August 7th from 8am–3:30pm. Visit their website for details and registration information.