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ERIC Number: ED349113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Career Development Systems in Early Care and Education: A Planning Approach.
Costley, Joan B.
This paper examines four issues relevant to planning the use of funding resources for installing a career development system for practitioners in the early childhood education field. The first issue concerns the need for a career development system. Arguments for the importance of such a system are based on the need for a dynamic career ladder and allowance for continuing professional growth; a shortage of qualified practitioners; and the relationship between the amount of a practitioner's training and the quality of the practitioner's work. The second and third issues concern the characteristics and components of a progressive career development system. Training must provide knowledge and skills, be accessible to all practitioners, allow for practitioner accreditation, and be cumulative. Components of a career development system should include a system model, coordinated training, a personnel registry, and a training approval system. The fourth issue concerns the implementation of a career development system. Steps involved in implementation include: (1) developing a coordinating committee; (2) developing a profile of training needs; (3) understanding state licensing rules; (4) compiling information about training programs; (5) developing salary guidelines; (6) convening a statewide advisory group; (7) requesting state funds; (8) lobbying for a training approval process; and (9) establishing a training and planning fund. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wheelock Coll., Boston, MA. Center for Career Development in Early Care and Education.
Identifiers: Career Progression Systems; Policy Issues; State Regulation
Note: Paper was also funded by the Harris Foundation.