Rhode Island’s Professional Development System Plan
Last week the Rhode Island Early Learning Council approved Rhode Island's Early Learning and School-Age Professional Development System Plan, developed by the council's Professional Development Work Team. The Team, led by co-chairs Karen Beese from the RI Department of Human Services (DHS) and Tammy Camillo, Director of Rhode Island AEYC and BrightStars, began work on the plan in the Spring of 2011 with facilitation from Anne Mitchell, former NAEYC President and current President of Early Childhood Policy Research, an independent consulting firm in New York specializing in evaluation, policy analysis and planning on early care and education.
This plan is designed to support the adults who educate and nurture infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families, and those who work with school-age children in out-of-school time programs. The plan details the current landscape of professional development in RI, describes what an ideal professional development system should have, and includes recommendations to advance professionals' skills and knowledge, to develop sustainable careers and ultimately improve child outcomes.
Many of the recommendations included in the plan will be implemented through the state's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge program.
To learn more about Rhode Island's Early Learning and School-Age Professional Development System Plan and to view the Plan and Executive Summary, please visit the Early Learning Council website at www.earlylearningri.org or contact Lisa Hildebrand at (401) 398-7605 or lhildebrand@BrightStars.org.