Workforce Development

An effective and well-qualified workforce for early learning and development programs requires staff and educators with appropriate training, education, and credentials. The early childhood workforce needs a range of skills to support children to develop the full range of skills and competencies they need for healthy development and success in school. Expanding access to higher education and implementing an evidence-based system of professional development are key strategies to prepare, support and retain staff who work in early learning settings. 

Committee Co-Chairs
Karen Beese, Rhode Island Department of Human Services, kbeese@ohhs.ri.gov  
Khadija Lewis Khan, Beautiful Beginnings Child Care Center, k.lewiskhan@jhcdc.org  
Sara Mickelson, RI Department of Education, sara.mickelson@ride.ri.gov

See the See the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Workforce Informational Brief here

Upcoming meetings
Thursday, November 13, 2014: Workforce Subcommittee
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI

Past meetings and materials

Monday, July 21, 2014: Program Standards & Quality Improvement Subcommittee AND Workforce Subcommittee (joint meeting)

3:00 - 5:00 pm
Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick
Agenda
Slides
Data Dashboard Slides
Summary

Thursday, May 29, 2014
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Warwick Public Library
Agenda
Slides
Summary

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
9:30-11:30 a.m. 
Northern Rhode Island Collaborative
640 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln, RI 02865
Meeting agenda
Meeting slides
Meeting summary

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 pm
CCRI Knight Campus, 400 East Ave, Room 4090, Warwick
Agenda
Presentation
Meeting Summary

What's New

New Workforce Report Released! Please see:

Conocimientos y competencias de la fuerza laboral de Rhode Island para educadores de guarderĂ­as familiares

Draft of the Rhode Island Family Child Care Educator: Core Workforce Knowledge and Competencies - Public Forums Summary Report (May 2013)

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The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in Rhode Island: The Rhode Island Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory
Letter to Family Childcare Providers re: Core Workforce Knowledge and Competencies for Family Childcare  Providers (English)
Letter to Family Childcare Providers re: Core Workforce Knowledge and Competencies for Family Childcare  Providers (Spanish)
RI Workforce Knowledge and Competencies for Family Child Care Educators (English)
RI Workforce Knowledge and Competencies for Family Child Care Educators (Spanish)
March 2013 draft of Early Childhood Educator Competencies including Early Childhood Special Education

Meetings and materials

Monday, July 22, 2013
Workforce Development Subcommittee
Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane
Warwick
3:30 - 5:30pm
Meeting agenda
Meeting slides
Meeting Summary

Monday, February 25, 2013
Workforce Development Subcommittee
Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane
Warwick
10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting agenda
Presentation: RI Early Learning Council - Workforce Development Subcommittee (February 25, 2013)
Meeting Summary

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
RI Early Learning Council - Professional Development and Higher Education Subcommittee
Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane
Warwick
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Meeting agenda
Presentation: RI Early Learning Council - Workforce Development Subcommittee (September 11, 2012)

Resources

T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood
T.E.A.C.H. connects education, compensation and retention for the early childhood workforce by providing comprehensive scholarships for coursework leading to degrees and credentials in early childhood education. T.E.A.C.H. has emerged as an effective national strategy to help address the need for a well-qualified, fairly compensated and stable workforce. Ready to Learn Providence has been selected to serve as the Rhode Island home of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood, as of June 2010.

Report Examines Early Education Workforce
A study, released by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), describes steps being taken toward improving early care and education workforce data and enhacing workforce quality. 

 

 

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