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Child care workers--In-service training;


The purpose of this review is to identify key components of effective in-service professional development (PD) that would provide high quality training for child care providers. This review will look specifically at in-service PD for child care providers, not pre-service PD. Pre-service PD can imply the acquisition of an education-related degree, whereas in-service PD comprises a series of specific trainings for growth and development of Early Care and Education (ECE) providers. In-service PD does play an important function for ECE providers. The research examined for this review focuses on a variety of methodologies and approaches to in-service professional development trainings implemented with primarily center-based early child care providers. An analysis of the measurements used to determine effectiveness is discussed along with the identification of six effective components of in-service PD. This review looks closer at the effective components, individually, and in combination. In conclusion, the last chapter provides recommendations for ECE providers in purposefully choosing effective in-service PD along with future research and educational policy ideas.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Jill M. Uhlenberg


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