A Comprehensive System of Personal Development
for the early childhood workforce who serve infants, toddlers and preschool children with disabilities and their families is a necessary and integral quality indicator of an early childhood service system.

What is a CSPD?

A Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) is a cross-sector system designed at the State-level to address the challenges faced in the Early Childhood (EC) workforce. A CSPD acts as the primary mechanism by which a State ensures that infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities and their families are provided services by a knowledgeable, skilled, competent, and highly qualified personnel, and that sufficient numbers of these personnel are available in the State to meet service needs.

A 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 (IDEA). An operational CSPD, therefore, is key to promoting both effective practices and implementation of legal requirements determined by the IDEA.

The CSPD Component:

The ECPC collaborated with the Early Childhood Technical Assistant Center (ECTA) to create an Early Childhood Systems Framework for Part C and section B(619) Coordinators to evaluate their current systems, identify potential areas for improvement, and develop more effective and efficient systems that support implementation of evidence-based practices in each of six main areas. The ECPC’s work resides in the Personnel/Workforce (PN) component of this framework, which is addresses the necessity of understanding workforce capacity in order to provide timely and consistent services by prepared personnel in early childhood.

The Framework is designed to by assigning subcomponents and quality indicators to each component. Therefore, a CSPD has six subcomponents, and two quality indicators per subcomponent. These subcomponents are: (1) Leadership, Coordination, & Sustainability, (2) Personnel Standards, (3) Pre-Service Development, (4) In-Service Development. (5) Recruitment & Retention, and (6) Evaluation. Addressing each of these subcomponents, in conjunction with their quality indicators, during the development of a CSPD ensures that the system is not only comprehensive, but integrated on all levels. The subcomponents and their quality Indicators are listed below:

Recruitment & Retention
Q1: Comprehensive recruitment and retention strategies are based on multiple data sources, and revised as necessary.
Q2: Comprehensive recruitment and retention strategies are being implemented across disciplines.
Personnel Standards
Q1: State personnel standards across disciplines are aligned to national professional organization personnel standards.
Q2: The criteria for state certification, licensure, credentialing and/or endorsement are aligned to state personnel standards and national professional organization personnel standards across disciplines.
Pre-Service Training
Q1: Institution of Higher Education (IHE) programs and curricula across disciplines are aligned with both national professional organization personnel standards and state personnel standards.
Q2: Institution of higher education programs and curricula address early childhood development and discipline specific pedagogy.
In-Service Training
Q1: A statewide system for in-service personnel development and technical assistance is in place for personnel across disciplines.
Q2: A statewide system for in-service personnel development and technical assistance is aligned and coordinated with higher education program and curricula across disciplines.
Leadership, Coordination & Sustainability
Q1: A cross sector leadership team is in place that can set priorities and make policy, governance, and financial decisions related to the personnel system.
Q2: There is a written multi-year plan in place to address all sub-components of the CSPD.
Q1: The evaluation plan for the CSPD includes processes and mechanisms to collect, store, and analyze data across all subcomponents.
Q2: The evaluation plan is implemented, continuously monitored, and revised as necessary based on multiple data sources.

How Are CSPDs Developed?

An ongoing, coordinated, and strategically designed system of personnel development provides the supports needed by the other framework components. Through an intense strategic planning process, each State addresses the six subcomponents and quality indicators of a CSPD using a diverse, cross-disciplinary team of stakeholders from their State.

In developing personal mission and vision statements for their CSPD, each State is empowered to design a sustainable system that complements their early childhood culture.

Mission Statements:

“To advocate, create, and implement a statewide, comprehensive early childhood professional development system to improve quality and services for all children and families.” - Delaware

“Our Early Childhood Comprehensive System of Personnel Development will be a well-
communicated system of integrated professional development supports for early childhood professionals across disciplines that directly impact infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with and without diverse abilities and their families.” – Iowa

“Because each and every child, prenatal to 5, and their families deserve high quality early care and education, Minnesota will integrate and align existing systems of personnel development in order to empower practitioners to implement and sustain the use of the evidence-based practices.” - Minnesota

“We will create an integrated professional development system for all practitioners who provide services to young children with special needs age birth to five that is linked to national and state standards and integrated within existing professional development systems in our state.” – Oregon

“Vermont’s CCV-hosted system aligns, integrates and coordinates personnel development to equitably prepare, support and retain qualified personnel across settings and disciplines.” - Vermont

Vision Statements:

“In three to five years, there will be a cross sector sustainable personnel and professional development system for all programs serving young children birth to five to sustain a high quality work force.” -Delaware

“Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful.” - Iowa

“The Kansas early childhood CSPD will result in positive outcomes for young children and families.” – Kansas

“Each and every child gets the great start needed to succeed from their families, communities and early learning experiences.” - Minnesota

“We believe that as early childhood practitioners we are collectively responsible for assuring that the young children we work with are ready for school and are building the emotional and developmental tools necessary to live a life of positive experiences. Oregon’s early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) Comprehensive System of Professional Development (CSPD) will ensure that all EI/ECSE practitioners receive the appropriate training and support needed to provide effective services to infants, toddlers, and preschool children with special needs and their families, which will result in positive developmental and behavioral child outcomes.” –Oregon

“Vermont’s CCV-hosted system prepares and supports professionals to effectively engage with children, families and systems to realize the promise of every child.” - Vermont

The Implementation Model for a CSPD:

1 - 4 months
_ Develop core planning team and project liaison
_ Complete the self assessment of the CSPD framework
_ Identify stakeholders for strategic planning
_ Identify a date and location for strategic planning
5 – 6 month
_ Invite stakeholders to be part of strategic CSPD team
_ Host a 1-2 day strategic planning meeting with stakeholders and develop a strategic plan
_ Develop CSPD component workgroups and assign responsibilities
_ Develop an evaluation process of the state's CSPD component
_ Establish meeting and reporting schedule
7 – 17 month
_ Meet monthly as a core planning team
_ Implement work plans for each CSPD component
_ Develop monthly reports on each CSPD component
_ Core planning team and workgroups of CSPD review progress and make recommendations to CSPD workgroup
18 month & ongoing
_ Reassess and prioritize objectives on the work plans as needed based on results of implementation
_ Develop integrated reports of planning group process and recommendations
_ Evaluates CSPD and makes recommendations for sustainability and leadership

The ECPC Technical Assistance Manuals:

The Early Childhood Personnel Center has created two manuals that provide more detailed information and step-by-step direction regarding the development of a CSPD.