Early learning settings and caregiver knowledge and experience are key aspects of an early care and education system. Recent brain research clearly provides evidence of the need for and importance of high quality early education experiences that facilitates a child’s full potential. Stimulating learning environments for young children require well-trained and experienced staff. Technical assistance initiatives are an effective practice to provide direct guidance and support to caregivers of young children.
The South Carolina Early Care and Education Technical Assistance System is designed to connect the state’s program standards, early learning standards, regulatory requirements, technical assistance provider education, and caregiver education to foster improvements in classroom and overall program quality. The system outlines a statewide comprehensive process to incorporate on-site change-affecting technical assistance into daily practice.
Key goals of the system are:
Four primary principles of the system include:
- Improve the quality of learning environments for young children
- Increase the uniform core knowledge and competencies of educators of young children
- Provide a specific set of education, training and development experiences to meet the needs of the state’s early care and education technical assistance providers
- Provide support for the overall administration and management of early care and education programs
- Ensure consistency, accountability, and coordination for the provision of technical assistance to educators of young children.
- Core knowledge/competencies – developmentally appropriate practices and skills needed to work with young children.
- Uniformity – outlines a plan for consistency in qualifications and service provision.
- Coordination/integration – incorporation of existing state requirements and program standards.
- Accountability – outlines key factors to assess implementation of the system and to determine results/benefits.
For additional information regarding the South Carolina Early Care and Education Technical Assistance System contact Debra Session at (803)898-3025,
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