Professional Development Equals Stronger Outcomes for the Whole Early Childhood System

by Kelly Bowes, QRIS Manager, Denver’s Early Childhood Council

One of our most impactful quality improvement strategies in the early childhood field is professional development. Denver’s Early Childhood Council invests significantly and strategically in offering a variety of trainings, coaching and technical assistance as well as supporting college coursework for early childhood professionals. These offerings are creating stronger, more responsive teachers for our youngest learners.

With similar goals in mind, Denver’s Early Childhood Council takes pride in making the investment in our own staff and our ongoing professional development. The Council’s human capital, in turn, builds capacity and creates stronger outcomes in the whole early childhood system.

I was recently able to take advantage of one such opportunity, traveling to the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Professional Development Institute in New Orleans. I immersed myself for three days in top-notch early childhood topic workshops and surrounded myself with some of the leading thinkers and change-makers in our field, including a great crew from our own Council team! What an experience!

I came back from the conference with tangible strategies to implement, ideas to explore, and new relationships to build upon:

  • A variety of effective coaching models
  • Communication strategies for Colorado Shines and PDIS (Professional Development Information System) roll out
  • Investing in leadership in early childhood programs
  • Coaching tools and protocols

I’d like to say thank you to Denver’s Early Childhood Council for the opportunity.  Now, stay tuned for next steps with collaboration and implementation!

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