Workforce Development Work Group

Just as they do at every level of education, teachers play a key role in improving the quality of New York’s early childhood education programs. The Workforce Development Work Group is focused on creating a competency-based professional development system for early childhood education, known as New York Works for Children, while addressing issues such as recruitment and retention, continuing education, career advancement and compensation.

Work group activities:

    • Core Body of Knowledge: Aligning the Core Body of Knowledge with a unified statewide progression of credentials and degrees, including higher education coursework, professional development and web-based training.
    • Aspire: Developing and promoting a career lattice and registry called Aspire, which includes an online training calendar.
    • Legally Exempt: Expanding access to training opportunities for legally exempt providers.
    • Video library: Developing a comprehensive training video library.
    • Job-embedded professional development: Providing job-embedded training to help early childhood educators better meet children’s social-emotional development needs.
    • Quality Scholars/Educational Incentive Program: Expanding Quality Scholars and revising the Educational Incentive Program.
    • Increasing requirements: Increasing the professional development requirements for child care providers.
    • New York Works for Children: Creating an online presence for the workforce development system to provide technical assistance and resources to early development and learning workforce throughout the state.
    • Child Development Associate: Establishing a credit-bearing Child Development Associate (CDA) program.
    • Recruitment and retention: Strengthening recruitment and retention strategies, including recognition and adequate compensation.


Publication and Resources


Workforce Development Work Group Membership List:  Co Chairs;  Sherry Cleary, Executive Directory, CUNY New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute; and Kristen Kerr, Executive Director, New York State Assoiciation for Education of Young Children

Workforce Development Work Group Work Plan