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The Workforce Development Unit oversees systems, policies and practices to support the goal of developing a highly qualified and effective workforce for all children birth to age 5 in all settings.  Collaborative partners include higher education institutions, professional development providers and members of the workforce. The Workforce Unit is responsible for the Connecticut Early Childhood Professional Registry, OEC scholarship administration, career counseling and other key functions to support individuals and programs. 
 
Visit www.ccacregistry.org for more information.
Contact: Margaret Gustafson, Education Consultant, (860) 500-4542



State-funded Program Staff Qualifications


To advance the quality of teaching and learning in state-funded classrooms, Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S. Section 10-16p, revised through Public Acts 11-54, 12-50 and 14-39 and 15-134) require that all state-funded classrooms serving any combination of infants through preschoolers have a designated staff member meeting education qualifications (General Policy A-01).  State-funded is defined as any program receiving any combination of the following funds: School Readiness, Child Day Care, State Head Start, Smart Start, PDG (state QE funds).


 

The Office of Early Childhood monitors compliance with these requirements using program data in the Connecticut Early Childhood Professional Registry and generates monthly reports of progress toward established goals and timelines.  The progress toward meeting the current and future requirements is represented in the following chart:




Date

# programs

Programs meet current minimum for one designated Qualified Staff Member(QSM) per classroom or group: current CDA credential plus
12 ece credits (expires June 30, 2017)

Programs meet July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020 goal: at least 50% of designated QSMs have qualifying bachelor degree and remaining percentage meet associate degree option

Programs meet July 1, 2020 goal: 100% of designated QSMs have a qualifying bachelor degree option

#

%

#

%

#

%

2/24/2015

393

256

65%

192

49%

124

32%

4/6/2015

388

287

73%

217

56%

145

37%

6/30/2015

384

307

80%

247

64%

166

43%

12/03/15

399

256

64%

196

49%

124

31%

02/17/16

405

250

62%

183

45%

122

30%

10/26/16

396

272

68%

194

48%

117

29%

11/28/16

396

302

76%

221

56%

135

34%

12/27/16

398

300

75%

219

55%

138

35%

01/27/17

398

298

75%

221

55%

139

35%

02/27/17

397

313

79%

225

57%

141

36%

03/27/17

399

318

80%

230

58%

144

36%

04/27/17

399

320

80%

236

59%

148

37%

05/27/17

400

318

80%

235

59%

146

37%

06/27/17

399

322

81%

239

60%

147

37%


 


 



























Additionally, each program has access to a report titled “Designated QSM Compliance Report for State Funded Programs.” That report takes the program’s data on classrooms, ages served, and designated QSM eligibility, and applies the rules dictated by legislation (i.e. at least 50% of designated QSMs meet a qualifying bachelor degree option). The OEC uses a similar report of ALL state-funded program data for these releases.


Designated QSM Compliance Report


Notes regarding the report:

The report is in Excel allowing the user to sort by funding, town, etc.


The program name listed follows the OEC policy for legal license name or established naming convention for license-exempt programs.


The city/town reported is where the program resides and is based on the USPS zip code listing.


Priority and Competitive refer to School Readiness funding categories.



 

Additional Resources:
 
Contact: Deb Adams, Education Consultant, (860) 500-4535


The Program Improvement and Support offered through the United Way of Connecticut focuses on improving the quality of early care and education by encouraging programs to participate in the NAEYC Accreditation process. An ongoing support system for early care and education programs offers on-site individualized technical assistance, networking and training opportunities to assist in the pursuit of high quality through national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Additionally, supports are available to all programs in the form of free workshops, training and technical assistance to guide improvement efforts. 

 

The United Way of Connecticut also offers college-credit coursework and other professional development opportunities to improve the qualifications of Connecticut’s early care and education program administrators. These opportunities assist administrators in meeting the education qualifications criteria established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), as well as the requirements of the Connecticut Director Credential (CDC), which is often used to meet NAEYC’s requirements for program administrators.

 

 

Contact

Valerie Grant, Director of Early Care and Quality Improvement Services

United Way of Connecticut

860-571-6876





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