The Professional Development component group works to support the ECI system results by identifying a professional development system, any existing gaps in professional development and its delivery and determining how to integrate the system.
- To determine the professional development system that is needed for the Early Care, Health and Education system in order to support the ECI Strategic Plan.
- To promote the integration of a professional development system with current initiatives that support the delivery of quality services to children and their families. The component workgroup advises the system in areas such as the Early Learning Standards and Quality Rating System.
- To advise ECI regarding a statewide infrastructure that systematically supports quality professional development.
Professional Development Definition
“Professional development is facilitated teaching and learning experiences that are designed to support the acquisition of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions, as well as the application of this knowledge in practice.”
Professional Development Vision
All system development activities shall be aligned around the following vision statement for the children of Iowa: “Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful.”
Professional Development for Early Childhood
Professional Development consists of the formal education and training for early childhood professionals that supports and empowers them to improve the quality of services provided to young children and their families. Iowa’s Early Childhood Professional Development System unites the early childhood sectors of early learning, special needs/early intervention, family support, and health, mental health and nutrition. ECI is working towards a comprehensive system that integrates professional standards, career pathways, articulation, leadership, evaluation and financing.