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Early Childhood Workforce Development
The early childhood workforce—from child care workers and preschool teachers to nurses and counselors—is the fuel that makes a comprehensive system for young children work. After families, early childhood professionals spend the most time with our youngest citizens helping them get ready for school and ready for life.
The Early Childhood Workforce Development (ECWD) team works with many stakeholders and partners to strengthen Colorado's early educator talent pipeline. Summaries of our major projects are below:
- The Early Childhood Workforce Development (ECWD) team works closely with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood to implement the Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS). The PDIS is a web-based system that supports career development for Colorado's early educators.
- Contact the ECPD team via the PDIS Help Desk for support with using the PDIS system or to obtains answers to questions about the Early Childhood Professional Credential.
- The ECWD team also administers the Training Alignment Process (TAP), which supports early childhood professional development providers with aligning their training to Colorado's Competencies for Early Educators and Administrators. Training that successfully goes through TAP is entered into the Colorado Shines PDIS and is made available to early childhood professionals and professional development providers can then advertise and manage their training via PDIS.
- The ECWD team co-leads the Early Childhood Leadership Commission's Workforce Development Subcommittee, a membership and stakeholder group charged with stewarding the implementation of Colorado's Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan.