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What are the features of professional development?

Thirty-nine states include indicators related to professional development (PD) in their QRIS. The most common features of professional development indicators are training (90%), followed by a practitioner requirement to complete a professional development plan (64%). Content of professional development trainings varies greatly by state. A little over a third of states (38%) include an introduction the ERS tools in their professional development training. Just under a third of states have PD training indicators for an orientation to the QRIS (31%) and health and safety practices (31%). Some states also incorporate business practices, and child development information, and information on special needs into the PD training indicators (28% each). Over half of states (56%) have training indicators with content other than what was listed. This includes content such as: state specific director courses, other professional growth and development activities, and training on state specific Early Learning Guidelines.