State CCDBG Plans to Establish Core Competencies

Dec 22, 2009

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the largest source of federal funding for child care available to states. Every two years, states must lay out their plans for using all CCDBG funds to help low-income families access child care and to improve the quality of child care for all children, including infants and toddlers. Below are examples of promising child care licensing, subsidy, and quality enhancement policies and initiatives supporting infant/toddler care as reported by states in their FFY 2008-2009 CCDBG plans.

Actions taken by states to establish core competencies included:

 

Establishing core competencies for infant/toddler providers, specialists, and consultants

  • Minnesota planned to design a core competency guide for infant/toddler caregivers and providers. The guide would identify the skills and knowledge most important for infant and toddler care and be intended to supplement the state's broader Minnesota Core Competencies for Early Education and Care Practitioners, which cover competencies for children from birth through age 8.
     
  • Washington reported that the state had a collaborative team that had developed core competencies for infant/toddler specialists and consultants.

Developing early learning guidelines for infants and toddlers

  • Oklahoma reported that the state had taken initial steps to create early learning guidelines for infants and toddlers. A committee had been established to begin developing the guidelines. 

  • Wisconsin reported at the time that the CCDBG plan was submitted that the state was in the process of revising the state's early learning guidelines, which focused on the developmental growth of children from age 3 through the end of kindergarten. In response to feedback from the child care workforce, the state planned to broaden the guidelines to address very young children, beginning at birth.  

  • Arkansas offered three four-hour training sessions to prepare providers on the state'sFramework for Infant and Toddler Care; both center-based and family child care providers participated in the sessions. In addition, the state planned to develop a web-based curriculum for infant/toddler providers based on the framework. 

  • Maine reported that the state was in the initial stages of providing training on the state's recently completed early learning guidelines, Supporting Maine's Infants and Toddlers: Guidelines for Learning and Development. The state planned to offer training during the next two years
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