About the Institute
The mission of the Institute is to promote the implementation of a comprehensive professional development and recognition system that links education and compensation for the child care workforce to ensure high quality care and education services for children and families.
The North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals (Institute) provides both free and fee-based services.
Debra Torrence, Institute Director
The Institute has since its inception sought to improve the education and compensation levels for a workforce of over 45,000 low-wage women, many with dependent children.
The work of the Institute addresses a very important need in our state – to support the development of a well-qualified and compensated workforce to provide healthy, safe and stimulating environments and experiences for over a quarter million young children and their families.
The Institute actively involves child care providers in all levels of its work from governance to product design. Institute Task Groups, led by child care providers develop tools and strategies and design and offer trainings. The Institute actively engages the workforce through its email blasts, EEC Facebook page and dynamic website. And reaches the workforce with its resources through a large partner network including state government, professional associations, early childhood support services, and research and advocacy groups to engage early educators, parents, business leaders, organizations, and policy experts in work to address its mission.
Collaboration & Planning
The Institute is composed of a large partner network. Partners include early educators who work directly with and on the behalf of children ages birth to twelve served in early care and education settings.
Public and private partners support the work of the Institute through funding, participation on Task Groups and Committees, resources, meeting space, materials and support for the implementation of strategies and activities.
Defining an Early Educator Professional Development System
Why is a strong early childhood professional development system important? Over the last two decades there has been increasing interest in learning about the experiences of children in early care and education settings: what settings are good and how early care and education influences later school performance and behavioral patterns.
In particular, we have learned a great deal in recent years about the benefits and cost of high-quality early care and education services, and how to improve programs to meet the needs of all children. This and the evidence about the impact of a teacher’s education has increased the need to shift from scattershot training to intentional forms of ongoing education and professional development to build, grow and retain a high qualified workforce.
Professional development, in this context, refers to a combination of education and continuing education via college courses, continuing education units, conferences and professional forums as well as workshops.
Well-designed professional development includes a broad range of activities and audiences:
Why It Matters
A quality workforce matters…
For Our State, Business and Industry
What It Is
An early childhood professional development system is a comprehensive approach to providing professional development opportunities. When an effective ecpd system has been built:
In addition, a well-drawn system builds on base education and articulates prior learning (education and training) into the professional development pathway for the individual; supporting forward progress toward personal education goals without redundancy and continuing education is provided by highly qualified staff.