Research shows that high-quality early childhood education produces substantial long-term educational, social, and economic benefits with the largest benefits for children occurring when teachers are professionally prepared and adequately compensated.
Find out what you should know and be able to do to support children
RI's Workforce Knowledge and Competencies Frameworks help professionals understand what they should know and be able to do.
Find the framework relevant to your role on the right.
WKCs for Administrators and Ed Coordinators
WKCs for Family Child Care Educators
WKCs for PD Providers and Higher Education Faculty/Staff
WKCs for Early Childhood Teachers and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Educators
WKCs for Teacher Assistants
Find out about Professional Development Opportunities
Center for Early Learning Professionals
The Center for Early Learning Professionals gives early childhood programs and providers the tools, support, and resources they need to provide high-quality care and education to Rhode Island’s youngest children. Learn More...
RIELDS Professional Development Opportunities
The Rhode Island Early Learning Standards project provides four professional development opportunities to support early care and education professionals in creating high-quality, standards-based programs for young children. Learn More...
The SEIU Education and Support Fund (ESF)
SEIU is the Family Child Care Union, representing providers in the state Learn More...
Learn more about Credential and Degree Programs for Early Childhood Education Professionals
Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)
CCRI offers a variety of certificate and Associates degree programs for early learning professionals.
CDA 12 Credit Certificate
AA in Early Childhood Education Learn More...
Rhode Island College
BA in Early Childhood Education
BA in Infant/Toddler Education
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education Learn More...
The University of Rhode Island
BA in Human Development and Family Studies Learn More...
Rogers Williams University
Roger Williams University offers an Infant and Toddler Certificate Program Learn More...
T.E.A.C.H.® awards scholarships to center-based educators, administrators, and home child-care providers across the state who are pursuing coursework in early childhood education or seeking degrees at the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University Learn More...
Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health
Sherlock Center on Disabilities Learn more...
Rhode Island College
Early Childhood Training and Consultation Services Learn more...
Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children
Rhode Island AEYC Learn more...
Register in Rhode Island's Workforce Registry
Rhode Island's Workforce Registry is a tool to centralize evidence of experience, credentials, and professional development for the early childhood professional. The workforce registry streamlines the data collection process for employers, regulatory agencies, and to inform the work of stakeholders and policy makers. Register now...