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What is an Early Childhood/School Age Workforce Registry?

The National Registry Workforce Alliance is a private, non-profit, voluntary organization of state early childhood and afterschool workforce registry and professional development leaders. The mission of the Alliance is to provide registries across the country with resources on data related support on the workforce, standards of quality for workforce data systems, and a strong national voice driving relevant policies and initiatives. As a member of the Alliance and as one of only fifteen registries that have achieved Partnership Eligibility Review (PER) status through the Alliance, The Nevada Registry is excited to share a little about the work of this great organization. 

The National Workforce Registry Alliance is producing a series of papers focused on the work of the Alliance and its member registries. One in a series of papers to come, this paper provides a great explanation of the work of Early Childhood/School Age Workforce Registries.

According to Merriam-Webster, a registry is an official record book. Although we have come a long way from entering records in a book, the idea of having an official repository for specific records is exactly what a workforce registry is intended to accomplish. An early childhood and school-age workforce registry system streamlines professional development data collection and serves as a comprehensive data repository for industry training and education.

An early childhood workforce registry is an information system that:

  • Promotes individual professional growth and development. The system:
    • Empowers individuals to take charge of their professional growth and development;
    • Offers information about various training requirements, links individuals to training opportunities (usually via a state-wide training calendar);
    • Tracks and documents completion of formal education, credentials, and industry specific training; 
    • Provides information about professional development organizations and instructors; and
    • Connects individuals in the industry to Core Knowledge and Competencies and Early Learning Guidelines/Standards.
  • Captures data about early childhood and out of school time (OST) practitioners in a variety of roles and settings. The data should include:
    • Demographics, education, qualifications, experience, income, and participation in professional learning
  • Is based on state career-level systems that provide a framework for professional development.
    • Registries often maintain the state career pathway and verify submitted data in order to provide individual with a career pathway designation.
    • Registries track and document correlation of education and training opportunities with Core Knowledge and Competencies and Early Learning Guidelines/Standards.
    • Registries allow administrators to keep track of important staff information for monitoring and quality assurance.
  • Recognizes and honors professional achievements of the early childhood and school age workforce. The system:
    • Provides comprehensive professional profile reports, which may include certificates of achievement.
  • Informs policy makers and partners. The system:
    • Provides data to inform creation and implementation of quality assurance initiatives.
    • Provides data to inform discussions around accessibility of formal higher education.
    • Provides data to inform discussions around compensation and retention initiatives.

Visit the National Workforce Registry Alliance's publication page for more information about the work of the Alliance.