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In 2021, 44 QIS (98%) included indicators for centers and 43 QIS (96%) included indicators for FCCs. Of these, most include indicators related to professional development (PD) for centers and FCCs (89% and 91%, respectively). These indicators include features that centers and FCCs are required to complete in order to achieve points or levels within their QIS.

What are the features of professional development for centers?

The most common features of professional development indicators for centers are training (98%) and having a professional development plan (68%).

For centers, 38 QIS (86%) included indicators related to the content of required training. Content of professional development trainings varies greatly by QIS. Of those who include training indicators, nearly half include an introduction to ERS tools in PD training (47%). Many QIS also incorporate training on health and safety (42%). Just over one-third of QIS include curriculum training (39%), an orientation to the QIS (37%), and social and emotional development training (34%). Some also incorporate child development (32%), developmentally appropriate practices (32%), and information on special needs (32%) into trainings. Over half of QIS (61%) used training content other than what was listed.

What are the features of professional development for FCCs?

Similarly to centers, the most common features of professional development indicators for FCCs are training (95%) and having a professional development plan (59%).

For FCCs, 38 QIS (88%) included indicators related to the content of required training. Of these, many QIS included an introduction to ERS tools (45%). QIS also incorporated child development (42%), orientation to the QIS (37%), health and safety (37%), and developmentally appropriate practices (32%) into their required trainings. Nearly half of QIS (45%) used training content other than what was listed for FCCs.