The importance of the early years is widely understood, and how to recruit, retain and support the best and most qualified caregivers and teachers is of critical importance.

The Alliance seeks to promote a framework that improves training, education, and ultimately the competency of early childhood and after-school professionals. Together with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Council for Professional Recognition, and a workgroup of expert advisers, the Alliance is exploring the role of badging and its potential to contribute to career development.

Explore the potential for badging for the early childhood workforce in this new series:

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The Alliance thanks the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Professional Recognition for their partnership, and the expert work group members who added so much value to these discussions: Child Care Aware of America, National Afterschool Association, National Association for Family Child Care, National Head Start Association, National Association for Regulatory Administration, and ZERO TO THREE. This work was funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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