Professional Development and Technical Assistance

Early care and education professionals are continually learning and working to improve their practice. These resources will provide information for anyone working in the early care and education profession and higher education institutions.

Accreditation Quality Improvement Support (AQIS)

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AQIS offers licensed centers, group homes, and license-exempt child care programs access to experts in the framework of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Supports include study groups, professional development, and individualized long-term support. Learn more about AQIS.

Core Knowledge and Competency Frameworks

Core knowledge and competencies are expectations for what the workforce should know and be able to do in their role in the early childhood profession. Whether you work with children and families or provide technical assistance and support to teachers and administrators, CT has a tool for you to consider next steps in your professional growth. Learn about the core knowledge and competency frameworks.

Early Childhood Professional Registry

The OEC’s Registry is a free workforce resource for all early childhood settings. Through the OEC Registry, you can access training, track your career progress, find out about OEC scholarships, and discover other supports and resources. Learn about the Early Childhood Professional Registry.

Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC)

The ECTC is a competency-based credential issued by OEC for child care providers. Information for higher education institutions and for teachers seeking the ECTC is available. Learn more about the ECTC.

Program Leadership Initiative (PLI)

PLI offers college-credit coursework and other professional development opportunities for early care and education program administrators. Learn more about PLI.

Pyramid Model

The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children is a framework that helps programs and teachers implement key evidence-based recommendations to better support children and families. Explore our resources or find out what full implementation of this model involves. Learn about the Pyramid Model.

Last updated December 1, 2022