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Building bridges to overcome widening gaps: Challenges in addressing the need for professional preparation of infant-toddler practitioners in higher education

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In this paper, we examine professional preparation of infant-toddler practitioners in IHEs, highlighting existing trends in qualification requirements and training as well as challenges facing ECE and IHEs. Then we discuss the Collaborative for Understanding the Pedagogy of Infant/toddler Development (CUPID), a partnership of IHEs and organizations working to improve pre-service preparation. We end with recommendations for cultivating skilled infant-toddler practitioners. (author abstract)

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