Workforce Development Work Team

Just as they do at every level of education, teachers play a key role in improving the quality of New York’s early childhood education programs. The Workforce Development Work Group is focused on creating a competency-based professional development system for early childhood education, known as New York Works for Children, while addressing issues such as recruitment and retention, continuing education, career advancement and compensation.


    • Core Body of Knowledge: Aligning the Core Body of Knowledge with a unified statewide progression of credentials and degrees, including higher education coursework, professional development and web-based training.
    • Aspire: Developing and promoting a career lattice and registry called Aspire, which includes an online training calendar.
    • Legally Exempt: Expanding access to training opportunities for legally exempt providers.
    • Video library: Developing a comprehensive training video library.
    • Job-embedded professional development: Providing job-embedded training to help early childhood educators better meet children’s social-emotional development needs.
    • Quality Scholars/Educational Incentive Program: Expanding Quality Scholars and revising the Educational Incentive Program.
    • Increasing requirements: Increasing the professional development requirements for child care providers.
    • New York Works for Children: Creating an online presence for the workforce development system to provide technical assistance and resources to early development and learning workforce throughout the state.
    • Child Development Associate: Establishing a credit-bearing Child Development Associate (CDA) program.
    • Recruitment and retention: Strengthening recruitment and retention strategies, including recognition and adequate compensation.


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