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The Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies, second edition, was adopted by the Indiana Professional Development Network (INPDN) on April 6, 2016. The Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies identifies what professionals need to know and be able to do when working with infants, children, youth and their families. It includes a professional development planning tool to help you assess your knowledge and skills and chart a course for your own professional development journey.
The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning funds several ongoing quality improvement projects using federal grant funds designated specifically to strengthen and improve early care and learning environments in child care facilities for Indiana's young children. This quality investment in child care has an economic impact and benefits communities as well as families and children.
Research indicates that young children's learning and development depends on the educational qualifications of their teachers. To increase the professional development and educational qualifications of child care center teachers, directors and family child care providers, the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning provides funding for the following professional development projects: