WALTHAM, MA | December 13, 2013
As part of efforts to reform and enhance its early learning programs, the state of Rhode Island has selected EDC to establish and lead its Professional Development and Technical Assistance Center. EDC will receive $14 million from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant to operate the center, which will provide innovative training, technical assistance, and professional development to meet the needs of early childhood educators across Rhode Island.
Over the next two years, EDC and its project partner, Ready to Learn (R2L) at the Providence Plan, will collaborate with the Rhode Island Department of Human Services; Department of Education; Department of Health; and Department of Children, Youth, and Families, as well as other agencies to advance the goals of the center. Leading the initiative will be EDC’s Karen Pucciarelli and Sue Washburn.
“We know that high standards for the educational qualifications and skills of the early learning workforce constitute the single most important factor in supporting children’s learning success,” said EDC Vice President Sheila Skiffington. “Alongside our state partners, we will work to provide intensive, ongoing professional development and technical assistance for this critical workforce.”
The center will focus on the teaching and learning of specific content and providing high-quality education to the state’s youngest children. Specifically, it will support implementation of Rhode Island’s Early Learning and Development Birth to Five Standards, the Workforce Knowledge and Competencies Frameworks for Early Childhood for Educators and Family Child Care Providers, and other key early documents and initiatives.
EDC provides comprehensive, customized support that helps early childhood education service providers and decision makers at the local, state, and national levels enhance the quality of early learning. EDC has a long history of providing professional development that allows teachers draw upon current research and instructional best practices to provide high-quality learning experiences. To learn more about EDC’s expertise in the field, go to: http://ltd.edc.org/initiatives?tid=2041.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that creates learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit www.edc.org.