Maine Roads to Quality – Professional Development Network (PDN)
The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) has received a subcontract from the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service to provide professional development and consultation to the Statewide Professional Development Network (PDN) working to improve the quality of early care and education settings in Maine.
The Professional Development Network (PDN) is comprised of Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine; the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS); and the Maine Afterschool Network (MASN).
The MRTQ PDN is a coordinated early childhood professional development system that supports professionals to provide inclusive high quality early childhood programs by:
- Ensuring that the current trainings include specific pedagogy for children with disabilities woven throughout the entire curricula.
- Developing and teaching supplemental courses that support early childhood professionals’ confidence and competence to care for and teach children with diverse learning styles and needs.
- Creating and field-testing the Maine Inclusion Credential, a specialty credential tied to specific competencies, and designed to help professionals build skills, knowledge, resources, and attitudes to promote quality, inclusive practices in their programs. View Maine’s Inclusion Credential Brochure (PDF) here.
- Providing access to specialists, including inclusion facilitators and early childhood mental health consultants with the eventual goal of providing universal access to all early childhood programs in the State.
- Establishing a Warm Line service; telephonic and email access to professionals for advice, problem solving and help locating resources.
- Delivering on-site consultation.
The CCIDS Early Childhood Coordinator, with support from the Inclusion and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants, will contribute to the development of the PDN by providing consultation and resource dissemination to the MRTQ staff and PDN consultants to support the design of an evidence-based professional development system. Under the leadership of the Early Childhood Coordinator, CCIDS staff will also develop an inclusion credential for the PDN by the end of the contract period.
University of Southern Maine, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, with funding from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services.
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020
Sonja Howard, M.S.
Director, Maine Roads to Quality
USM Muskie School
Kirsten Capeless, Associate Director
Early Intervention and Prevention
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Child and Family Services
2 Anthony Avenue, 11 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Project Coordinator and Contact Person:
Linda Labas, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Coordinator
University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
225 Western Avenue
Augusta, Maine 04330
207.623.3925 ext. 13
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