National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning

The National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) is comprised of a consortium of organizations operating under a five-year grant aimed at impacting the training and technical assistance needs of Head Start and child care programs and systems.  The goal of NCECDTL is to identify, develop, and promote the implementation of evidence-based practices that are culturally and linguistically responsive and lead to positive child outcomes across early childhood programs and to support strong professional development systems. 

The Center's work will include, but is not limited to: professional development for the infant, toddler, and preschool workforce; evidence-based curriculum; early learning standards; effective transitions; screening and assessment; culturally, linguistically, and age appropriate practices; enhancing teacher-child interactions; supporting networks of infant/toddler practitioners; supporting children with disabilities (part C and part B); and using data to improve practice.

To learn more, visit the NCECDTL page on the ECLKC. Also, visit the topics under Education & Child Development, as well as School Readiness, Professional Development, and Culture and Language.


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Identify, analyze and adjust workforce investments with the Professional Development System Cost Analysis Tool.

Review research, resources, and explore examples of state efforts that can guide decision-making about suspension and expulsion policy decisions in Preventing and Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions in Early Care and Education Settings.

Find examples of state systems and policies that help support recruiting and retaining a highly qualified workforce in Staff Recruitment and Retention.

Review the 2016 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations on training and professional development and explore resources related to the six Professional Development System Framework components.

Discover how registries function and explore the data available through registries for states to track professional development achievement and refine their state early childhood workforce data systems in Early Childhood Workforce: Registries.