Washington's professional development system is committed to growing and retaining our state's early childhood education workforce, while ensuring that professionals are highly skilled and qualified.
Professional Development Advisory Groups
DCYF leads multiple professional development advisory groups throughout Washington.
Early Childhood Education Workforce Council
The Early Childhood Education Workforce Council seeks new members! Applications are due on July 1, 2019. The Workforce Council has seats available for the following roles:
- ECEAP Teacher (Educator, Coach, or Direct Service)
- Head Start/Early Head Start (Educator, Coach, or Direct Service)
- Lead Teacher
- University ECE program that does not issue teaching certificates and endorsements
- University ECE program that issues teaching certificates and ECE endorsements
- Community: Community/technical college ECE program (1 of 2)
- Community: Community/technical college ECE program (2 of 2)
- Community: Childcare provider/Early childhood educator
- State-approved trainer
- Four-year program that results in a BA
The Early Childhood Education Workforce Council focuses on ensuring that the degrees, certificates, and endorsements for early learning are progressive, valued, and transferable. The council provides advice and recommendations to DCYF, other education related agencies, colleges, and universities pertaining to:
- Early Learning Competencies, credentials, and standards
- Career pathways
- Culturally responsive professional development
- Workforce expansion
Read more about the ECE Workforce Council - Early Childhood Education Workforce Council Overview
ECE Workforce Council Action Teams
If you’re looking to get involved, but do not want a long-term commitment, joining an Action Team may be for you! Action Teams are task-force groups that are not formal seats on the council, but are charged with developing recommendations to address a specific issue or need and submitting those recommendations to the Workforce Council for consideration. After recommendations are submitted, the Action Team would then disband.
If you’re interested in joining an action team, contact the action team’s lead.
|Action Team - Focus||Contact (Lead)|
Melissa Matczak firstname.lastname@example.org(community consultant seats available)
ECE Core Knowledge
Leadership and Director Support:
Marilyn Chu Marilyn.Chu@wwu.edu(community consultant seats available)
Compensation Technical Workgroup
The Compensation Technical Workgroup was established to develop recommendations to the legislature on how to:
- Increase child care workforce wages
- Reduce turnover
- Enable child care providers to recruit more qualified educators
- Maintain the diversity of the workforce
The Compensation Workgroup is led by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families and includes thirteen representatives from both state agencies and the early learning community.