Community-Based Training

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Community-Based Training Option

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The Community-Based Training model option is currently under development. This option will help meet the licensing staff qualifications for those required to have an initial or short certificate. The goal is to provide a training pathway in the community that is available in-person or online.

This work builds off prior years of workgroups and community discussions, and is now guided by House Bill (HB) 2556Please note that statewide implementation of this model is dependent on new funding.

Principles for Approach

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Stakeholders will meet through 2020-2021 to provide consultation to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) on the model and approach. 

These principles will be applied to determine the best approach to meet the objective(s):

  • People throughout the state have access with consideration for rural and linguistic diversity. This means there are a variety of ways to complete this option.
  • Consideration for avoiding unintended consequences.
  • The model is relationship-based and includes job-connected learning formats, and is not 100% dependent on traditional “training” approach.

What's Included in HB 2556?

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1) Timeline Extension: DCYF has extended the timeline until Aug. 1, 2026, for providers to complete the licensing requirement of an initial or short certificate, or other option (section 1 of the bill).

2) Community Based Training Option: This non-credit bearing community-based training pathway will be developed as an alternative pathway for early learning providers to meet their licensing requirement for the initial or short certificate (section 2 of the bill).

3) Alignment with Community Colleges: In collaboration with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), DCYF will develop a plan for this community based training option to qualify for college credit (section 3 of the bill).

Want to read the full bill? Visit HB 2556 full text.

Community Connection

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DCYF will connect with stakeholders and the early learning community sharing status updates and seeking involvement along the way. Community engagement will occur in three phases. 

  1. Stakeholder Consultation: DCYF is working with stakeholders named in HB 2556 to consult on the development and implementation of this pathway. This will happen from through the 2020-2021 years.
  2. Webinars: Providers will be invited to participate in webinars to provide feedback. This will happen in two webinars, one in the middle and one closer to the start of the pilot. November 2020 and January 2021.
  3. Pilot Program: Providers will participate in a pilot of the community based training option to provide real-time feedback on the model and delivery. This will happen in the summer of 2021.

Community Engagement Efforts




For questions or comments about this work, contact Diana Stokes.  

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Additional Resources

Additional resources and ways to keep in touch about this work are listed below: 

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