What Is A CSPD?
A Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) is a system designed to address the challenges faced in the Early Childhood (EC) workforce, including:
- Shortages of personnel
- Lack of training at both the pre-service and in-service levels
- Discrepancies with state adherence to national competencies and standards
- Challenges faced by EC personnel due to the diversity of needs of young children served
- Inequities of preparation and compensation among those providing services
An effective system must:
- Coordinate & address state needs for quantity and quality of EC personnel and their degree of support required
- Acknowledge the coordination between pre- and in-service personnel development (PD) to ensure consistency of practice
- Stay informed by ongoing evaluation via multiple sources (stakeholder, consumers, etc.) and monitor the results and capacity to implement child and program quality standards
Why Do We Need It?
- A CSPD is the primary mechanism by which a state ensures that infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities and their families are provided services by knowledgeable, skilled, competent, and highly qualified personnel, and that sufficient numbers of these personnel are available in the state to meet service needs.
- An effective CSPD is key to promoting both effective practices and the implementation of legal requirements as determined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- The CSPD is a statutory requirement for Part C. Although no longer a mandate for Part B, we continue to use the terminology because a CSPD has a lengthy and prominent history in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The CSPD Framework:
Strategies to attract and maintain a quality workforce in early childhood intervention
Leadership, Coordination & Sustainability
Mechanisms to insure a CSPD maintains itself over time
State and/ or national certification or licensure requirements for all personnel who provide early childhood intervention
Ongoing job-related learning for personnel who provide early childhood intervention
Learning experiences provided to early childhood intervention personnel prior to completing a degree or certificate
Progress monitoring of all CSPD activities
As displayed above, each state will work through the six subcomponents listed in developing their CSPD. Our framework design also assigns quality indicators to each subcomponent of the system that each state must accomplish. This ensures the main component (the development of an integrated CSPD) is being addressed successfully at every level. The following chart outlines the CSPD subcomponents and their quality indicators: