A PUBLICATION OF THE CHILDREN'S LEARNING INSTITUTE
Building Your Career Pathway
In 2013, a joint project between the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office (THSSCO) and the Texas Early Learning Council initiated a new statewide program to support early childhood professionals, by providing them with resources and tools to help meet their professional development needs. The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS), the result of this combined effort, was designed with web-based features that enhance the state’s professional development opportunities and career development for the early childhood workforce. Housed in the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) and funded as a partnership between the CLI and the THSSCO, TECPDS now provides support to over 13,000 registered professionals, and is quickly gaining new users across the state.
Early childhood professionals use the tools and resources on TECPDS to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to best serve young children and their families, and to understand what steps to take in order to progress in their careers. Continued use of this robust professional development system will ultimately improve the quality of the early childhood workforce as a whole, supporting school readiness outcomes for young children throughout the state.
The TECPDS platform is unique in that it serves everyone working in the field of early childhood, regardless of their role, sector, or level of experience. TECPDS continues to enhance available features and expand the array of professional development opportunities to better meet the needs of a variety of professionals. Comprised of interconnected elements that are accessible anytime through the internet, TECPDS is an ideal system to support you in building your personal career pathway.
Texas Workforce Registry
This web-based database allows you to store and access your education and employment history, as well as the professional development hours you have accrued. A single and secure storage location, the Texas Workforce Registry offers free accounts available in two types.
The Practitioner Account is ideal for you if you are a teacher, assistant teacher, specialist, or coach/mentor at an early childhood program. It is also appropriate if you are interested in starting your career in the early childhood field. With your free account, you can:
The Center Director Account is appropriate for you if you are the director or administrator of an early childhood program. With this account, you can:
By entering your education, professional development, and work experience, this tool identifies where you are in your progression from entry level and up. It allows you to reflect on your progress and assists in creating and implementing your individualized professional development plan. The Career Lattice helps you to assess your knowledge and skills, prioritize specific areas for growth, set goals, and identify resources to support your plan.
These are concepts, practices, and knowledge that all early childhood practitioners and administrators must know and be able to demonstrate in order to be effective in facilitating children’s growth and development. To help you obtain this foundational knowledge, you can download full Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators documents in English and Spanish. To further support your understanding, CLI Engage offers separate self-paced Core Competencies trainings for practitioners and administrators. Utilizing these resources will put you on the path to skill mastery.
This tool allows program administrators to post open positions currently under recruitment, and is available for review by anyone who visits the website. You can use the Job Board to search for early childhood job openings throughout the state.
Professional Development Resources
TECPDS provides additional links to professional development resources that are relevant to anyone who works with young children, as well as resources specific to trainers, and a list of web links to organizations/agencies in Texas that either provide or regulate professional development for this field. You can review these resources to discover funding opportunities, identify colleges/universities offering early childhood programs, connect with early childhood associations, and much more.
Texas Trainer Registry
This statewide voluntary system approves early childhood trainers and their trainings, and offers resources for those who deliver training to the early childhood workforce. The Texas Trainer Registry offers two types of accounts.
The Non-Registered Trainer Account is a free account for those that train but are not approved by TECPDS to train under Child Care Licensing’s Trainer Requirements. This account provides trainers with access to the new Certificate Generation Tool. If you provide staff training, you can use the tool to help you create sign-in sheets, track attendees, and automate the generation of certificates of completion.
The Registered Trainer Account requires completion of the Texas Trainer Application to verify the trainer’s qualifications to provide trainings to child care providers across the state. If you are responsible for staff development, you can use the Texas Trainer Registry as a resource to search for a vetted trainer and to locate trainings that will benefit your staff.
Together the complementary components comprising TECPDS offer many opportunities for positive impacts in early childhood professional development across our state. Visit https://tecpds.org to learn more about these features, and how you can benefit from these resources.
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