Developing a Competent Workforce. (Special Issue of Zero to Three).
National Center for Infants, Toddler, and Families (U.S.) Zero to Three (Organization)
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Vol. 32, No. 1 , p. 1-54
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This journal issue focuses on the need to develop a highly competent workforce for the infant-family field. Articles explore a variety of approaches, perspectives, and challenges to building a competent early childhood workforce. The first article discusses challenging features of the early education and care workforce, the evidence for a specific focus on teachers' interactions with children in quality assessment and professional development, and promising results from recent studies of professional development. To illustrate how resources and strategies can be integrated into an emerging system of professional development, the second article highlights the Program for Infant/Toddler Care's approach to professional development, principles that guide its professional development activities, its work on multiple levels within the infant-toddler care system in California, and its gradual integration into California's coordinated system of professional development and quality improvement. The following article describes the flexible approach to training, consultation, and mentoring that helps staff at all levels of Communities United, Inc. share in an inclusive and empowering vision of practice and develop the skills to carry out that vision effectively. The fourth article profiles the Infant Parent Training Institute at Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Boston, a program that uses a developmental model for training that integrates clinical and theoretical infant mental health training. Following articles discuss the presence of emotional labor in infant-family work and the need for reflective supervision, competencies for infant mental health home visitors, policy recommendations for building a strong infant-toddler workforce, recommendations for professional development for the infant-family workforce, and the need to invest in early childhood programs. Numerous references.
Infant care; Professional personnel; Professional personnel; Professional training