SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--First 5 California and the California Department of Education (CDE) recently published a state implementation plan for early childhood professionals who work with young children. The document will help guide their support for every child’s growth and development.
“This implementation plan is a major milestone, but our collective effort continues”
The plan is intended to serve as a roadmap for implementing a fully developed and articulated statewide system of certification, preparation, and support for California’s early childhood education professionals. The document includes concrete objectives for creating real systems-level change within the plan that are achievable over the next five years.
Last year, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) published Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation. This national report was the catalyst for launching the state-level planning team in January 2016.
In an intensive nine-month process, the team discussed the recommendations from the IOM and NRC report, identified key priorities for California, and developed a plan for achieving these priorities. The team created a plan to support the state's goal that professionals working with young children in California are well-prepared to most effectively support every child’s growth and development.
“This implementation plan is a major milestone, but our collective effort continues,” said First 5 California Executive Director Camille Maben. Ms. Maben adds, “Our work is focused on achieving the objectives outlined in the plan and determining the specific actions necessary to do so.”
First 5 California and CDE will continue to collaborate and align this work with other workgroups and councils. For the plan, updates, and supporting documents, please go to twb8-ca.net.
About First 5 California
First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission, was established after voters passed Proposition 10 in November 1998, which added a tax on tobacco products to fund education, health, childcare, and other services for children ages 0 to 5 and their families. Its programs and resources are designed to educate teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers about the critical role they play during a child's first five years – with the overarching goal of helping more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life. For more information, please visit www.ccfc.ca.gov.