Strengthening the early care and education (ECE) workforce is a top priority for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities network. Not only has high quality ECE been shown to have a positive impact on school readiness and a host of other later-life outcomes, but supporting this workforce is important for increasing job satisfaction and reducing burnout. To advance this goal, we are partnering with The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media to bring an innovative, efficient, sustainable strategy for professional development to Alliance member organizations that provide ECE. 

Using our collective resources and expertise, we are looking to create local communities of practice that will encourage and empower all ECE stakeholders, including frontline staff, organizational leaders, and trainers/evaluators, to focus on relationships as the foundation of any improvement efforts.  Together, we seek to spread and sustain the use of Simple Interactions, an innovative evidence-based approach to professional development, within our nation’s early care and education ecosystem.

The Simple Interactions approach includes a simple, one-page tool for practitioners to use with one another and in community. It provides a common language and visual representation of the four dimensions of developmental interactions to encourage rich conversations about positive adult-child interactions. This initiative would combine the Simple Interactions tool with learning sessions based on authentic field videos, to help professionals build and sustain a community of practice.

Click here to learn more about how Simple Interactions has been creating communities of practice across developmental contexts and across the country.

Learn More and Provide Feedback During Upcoming Focus Group

June 30 from 1-1:45 p.m. CT
During this focus group, participants will learn more about Simple Interactions and what it might look like to bring this professional development opportunity to your team. As the Alliance and The Fred Rogers Center seek funding for this initiative, we are eager to connect with members, share information, and gather feedback to inform implementation planning and fund development efforts. Attendees will also learn how to stay connected to this opportunity as it develops.

Register online to participate, and consider inviting colleagues from regional or state administrative offices who support your training, technical assistance, and quality improvement efforts.

Join the Educational Success Alliance Peer Exchange group to stay connected with peers working in this field and be in the know about Alliance opportunities. Update your groups in your profile and participate in the online learning community.

More About Simple Interactions

Rooted in developmental theory and brain science, the ‘Simple Interactions’ approach was created by lead faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Education, and The Fred Rogers Center. It is a practice-based, strengths-focused, and community-driven approach to support the helpers who serve children, youth, and families. 

Focus Group Presenters

Dana Winters
Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs
Fred Rogers Center

Annie White
Senior Research Associate
The Fred Rogers Center

Kelly Martin
Director of Educational Success
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities