What is an Early Childhood/School Age Workforce Registry?

| Dr. Kimberlee Belcher-Badal

According to Merriam-Webster, a registry is an official record book. Although we have come a long way from entering records in a book, the idea of having an official repository for specific records is exactly what a workforce registry is intended to accomplish. An early childhood and school-age workforce registry system streamlines professional development data collection and serves as a comprehensive data repository for industry training and education.

An early childhood workforce registry is an information system that:

  • ¬†promotes individual professional growth and development. The system:
    • empowers individuals to take charge of their professional growth and development.
    • offers information about various training requirements, links individuals to training opportunities (usually via a state-wide training calendar), tracks and documents completion of formal education, credentials, and industry specific training.
    • provides information about professional development organizations and instructors.
  • connects individuals in the industry to Core Knowledge and Competencies, and Early Learning Guidelines/Standards.
    captures data about early childhood and out of school time (OST) practitioners in a variety of roles and settings, the data should include:
  • demographics, education, qualifications, experience, income, and participation in professional learning.
  • is based on state career-level systems that provide a framework for professional development.
    • Registries often maintain the state career pathway and verify submitted data in order to provide individual with a career pathway designation.
    • Registries track and document correlation of education and training opportunities with Core Knowledge and Competencies, and Early Learning Guidelines/Standards.
    • Registries allow administrators to keep track of important staff information for monitoring and quality assurance.
  • recognizes and honors professional achievements of the early childhood and school age workforce. The system
    • provides comprehensive professional profile reports which may include certificates of achievement.
  • informs policy makers and partners. The system:
    • provides data to inform creation and implementation of quality assurance initiatives. o provides data to inform discussions around accessibility of formal higher education.
    • provides data to inform discussions around compensation and retention initiatives.
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