Early Childhood: Professional Development

Improvements in the quality of early care and education for children ages 0 to 5 cannot occur without a well-trained and skilled workforce, and the U.S. Department of Education has designated principal and educator leadership development as a key focus issue. New Jersey has mirrored this commitment to early care and education professional development by investing significant federal Race to the Top funds and state funds to support agencies that provide training and technical assistance for early childhood professionals.

Recognizing an opportunity to strategically influence the current early care and education professional development system, the Foundation funds projects to enhance the skills and expertise of emerging and current professionals working with children ages 0 to 5. For example, we support:

  • The implementation of a model of coaching and support that enables early care and education center directors to attain the New Jersey Administrators Credential, a State-level qualification for administrators and directors working in settings serving young children.
  • The adaptation of a leadership training program for teachers, coaches, and assistant principals to meet the needs of educators in Jersey City working with young children.

Visit our Projects page to learn more about The Nicholson Foundation’s funded projects.