Every family enrolling a child in licensed care should be able to experience a caregiver who matches their racial/ethnic background, speaks their home language, and shares their cultural practices. The early learning workforce gains much of its knowledge through workplace-based experience. Furthermore, through a combination of experience and community-based training, the workforce gains the skills to carry out high quality work.
House Bill 2556 helps caregivers by supporting the development and funding of community-based training pathways and professional development opportunities that meet their needs. This would give a greater diversity of child care providers the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, meet the requirements for licensure. and lay critical ground for increased compensation.