December 13, 2016
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Plan to Better Prepare Professionals Who Work With Young Children
SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today a new statewide plan that includes recommendations for improving the certification, training, and support of professionals who work with young children.
The “Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8” report will help early childhood teachers, child care providers, and other professionals make sure that children can succeed at the earliest stages of learning, Torlakson said.
Current requirements for early childhood professionals in California vary depending on funding, program type, and child age, and they don’t consistently measure what candidates should know or be able to do to perform their jobs.
For example, job turnover is common among child care providers. The report recommends better support and training, such as having mentors and coaches work with care providers to improve their skills and knowledge. Mentoring programs have demonstrated success in improving skills of kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers and could do the same for Early Childhood professionals, Torlakson said.The California Department of Education (CDE) Early Education and Support Division and First 5 California convened a team of experts that spent nine months preparing the report, available on the First 5 California Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8 Web page.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100