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Workforce Development

Pennsylvania will increase the effectiveness of professional development and technical assistance and expand access for programs serving children with high needs through initiatives such as an improved professional development registry, STAR-level specific professional development packages, mini-grants for higher education to align coursework with the new Core Knowledge Competencies, and developing a master consultant certification. The new Professional Development Registry launched in July 2014. Eighteen higher education institutions were awarded mini-grants in 2015 to align over 300 early childhood education courses with the Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals. Online courses launched in early 2016.