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Professional Development and Early Care and Education Workforce


The Professional Development and Early Care and Education Workforce Workgroup is intended to facilitate the exchange of information, research and evaluations on the professional development of the early care and education (ECE) workforce. It provides a learning community to support discussions of emerging research, evaluation strategies and policy initiatives designed to support and strengthen the workforce. This workgroup occasionally coordinates with other CCEEPRC Workgroups on issues of professional development implementation (e.g., partnering with INQUIRE on engaging the ECE workforce in quality improvement initiatives; partnering with the Children with Disabilities Workgroup on support for the ECE workforce working with children with disabilities).

The workgroup is funded through the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and managed through a contract with Child Trends.

Key Topics

  • Sharing research on the professional development of the ECE workforce

  • Supporting quality improvement among the ECE workforce

  • Defining the roles of the ECE workforce

  • Describing workforce characteristics and special populations (e.g., the rural workforce)

  • Understanding implications of ECE workforce data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education

Products and Relevant Research

Examining the Associations Between Infant/Toddler Workforce Preparation, Program Quality and Child Outcomes: A Review of the Research Evidence
OPRE Research Brief 2016-15
Dale Epstein, Tamara Halle, Shannon Moodie, Laura Sosinsky, Martha Zaslow

Describing the Preparation and Ongoing Professional Development of the Infant/Toddler Workforce: An Analysis of the National Survey for Early Care and Education Data
OPRE Research Brief 2016-16
Rebecca Madill, Amy Blasberg, Tamara Halle, Martha Zaslow, Dale Epstein

Proposed Revisions to the Definitions for the Early Childhood Workforce in the Standard Occupational Classification
OPRE Research Brief 2016-45
Richard Brandon, Margaret Burchinal, Fran Kipnis, Roberta Weber, Marcy Whitebook, Martha Zaslow

Measuring Readiness for Change in Early Care and Education
OPRE Research Brief 2019-63
Tamara Halle, Anne Partika, Kerensa Nagle


Tamara Halle (
Senior Scholar, Child Trends

Dale Epstein (
Deputy Program Area Director, Early Childhood, Child Trends


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