Workforce Development

Washington's professional development system is committed to growing and retaining our state's early childhood education workforce, while ensuring that professionals are highly skilled and qualified. 

Professional Development Advisory Groups

DCYF leads multiple professional development advisory groups throughout Washington.

Early Childhood Education Workforce Council

The Early Childhood Education Workforce Council focuses on ensuring that the degrees, certificates, and endorsements for early learning are progressive, valued, and transferable. The council provides advice and recommendations to DCYF, other education related agencies, colleges, and universities pertaining to:

  • Early Learning Competencies, credentials, and standards
  • Career pathways
  • Culturally responsive professional development
  • Workforce expansion 

Read more about the ECE Workforce Council - Early Childhood Education Workforce Council Overview

ECE Workforce Council Action Teams

If you’re looking to get involved, but do not want a long-term commitment, joining an Action Team may be for you! Action Teams are task-force groups that are not formal seats on the council, but are charged with developing recommendations to address a specific issue or need and submitting those recommendations to the Workforce Council for consideration. After recommendations are submitted, the Action Team would then disband. 

If you’re interested in joining an action team, contact the action team’s lead.

Action Team - Focus Contact (Lead)

Multiple Routes:

  • What is important for the various ways people can progress through an early learning degree? Examples: Apprenticeships, IBEST Implementation and related.

Melissa Matczak

(community consultant seats available)

ECE Core Knowledge

  • What are the “core” knowledge areas required in the early childhood field? How does this tie in to the various roles across the system? What is the accountability structure?

Brenda Boyd

(community consultant seats available)

Leadership and Director Support:

  • What are the professional learning opportunities and goals for developing and experienced ECE leaders, directors and administrators?

Marilyn Chu

(community consultant seats available)

Compensation Messaging: 

  • What is the messaging strategy for discussing early childhood educator wages and benefits? How does messaging vary by audience? What does a roll-out plan look like?

Robin Lester

(community consultant seats available)

Compensation Technical Workgroup

The Compensation Technical Workgroup was established to develop recommendations to the legislature on how to:

  • Increase child care workforce wages
  • Reduce turnover
  • Enable child care providers to recruit more qualified educators
  • Maintain the diversity of the workforce

The Compensation Workgroup is led by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families and includes thirteen representatives from both state agencies and the early learning community.