Capitol Correspondence - 02.18.20

Learning from Others: Bipartisan Policy Center Holds Event on Apprenticeships, Workforce Advancement

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Many human services occupations have workforce challenges that share similarities with the Direct Support Professional (DSP) retention and recruitment crisis occurring right now in disability supports. Readers interesting in seeing how other fields are addressing their workforce difficulties might benefit from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) webcast announced below:

February 20, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am EST – Register here.

The early childhood workforce plays a critical role in supporting children and families, yet remains poorly compensated and under resourced. As policymakers look to improve the quality and wages of this sector, some are incorporating the established workforce strategy of registered apprenticeships. Drawing together unique partnerships across early childhood education, workforce, and higher education, registered apprenticeships are a promising practice with the potential to meaningfully advance the early learning workforce.

On February 20, please join BPC for our webcast event on how registered apprenticeships can move forward the skills and compensation of the early childhood workforce as part of a diverse professional development system.

Shannon Christian
Director of the Office of Child Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jennifer Conkle
Director, Enterprise Child Development Center at River Valley Child Development Services

Cheryl Feldman
Executive Director, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

Michelle Figlar
Vice President of Learning, The Heinz Endowments

Jameelah Jones
Assistant Teacher, Parent Infant Center

Suzann Morris
Fellow pf Early Childhood Initiative, BPC

Sarah Rittling
Executive Director, First Five Years Fund

Linda Smith
Director of the Early Childhood Initiative, BPC

Additional participants to be announced”