University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge

The Waisman Center UCEDD is a partner with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction within the Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge Professional Development Initiative. Through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant and the WI Professional Development Initiative, the primary purpose is to strengthen cross sector alignment around professional development initiatives across multiple systems within Department of Health Services, Department of Public Instruction, Department of Children and Families and the private sector early childhood community, to more efficiently and effectively serve the needs of all young children, including children with disabilities.

WI Core Competencies for Professionals Working with Young Children and their Families are now available.

What are Core Competencies? Expectations for what the workforce should know (content) and be able to do (skills) in a respectful & competent manner (attitudes) in their roles working with and/or on behalf of children and their families. The Core Competencies are organized under 12 Content Areas.

Why have Core Competencies? To create a common thread of Professional Development expectations across the variety of system partners (Higher Education, Child Care, Head Start, 4 & 5 year-old Kindergarten, Special Education, Child Welfare, Home Visiting, Health & Mental Health, Afterschool, Advocacy, and others) for the ultimate benefit of children and families in Wisconsin.

The Waisman Center is convening many cross sector meetings, and also sponsoring multiple large events, such as Intersecting Interests. For more information regarding the Waisman Center’s contribution to this work contact Carol Noddings Eichinger at eichinger@Waisman.Wisc.Edu

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