A statewide system designed to support Alabama early care and education professionals. From training resources to career guidance and peer networking, Alabama Pathways to Quality Care and Education keeps an emphasis on what is most important – helping you provide quality care for Alabama’s children.
Alabama Pathways was initially developed in response to the Bush Administration’s Good Start, Grow Smart initiative. The goal of Alabama Pathways is “to provide a path to support and advance the best practices of those who care for and teach children from birth through 12 years.”
Implementation of Alabama Pathways began with the dissemination of information to promote and support highly qualified caregivers and teachers. You can download the published “Alabama Pathways to Quality Care and Education” document here.
Pathways to Change
An explosion of research over the past decade demonstrates that positive early learning experiences and nurturing relationships create the foundation for a child’s lifelong success. Nurturing relationships begin with parents and families, and the deep impact these bonds have on children’s growth and development. Those nurturing relationships also extend to highly qualified, motivated early care and education professionals who prepare children to achieve greater success in school and in life.
For early childhood education to produce substantial long-term social, educational and economic benefits for the state of Alabama, the supply of well-qualified professionals serving young children and families from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds must increase dramatically.
One overall strategy of Alabama Pathways is to improve the stability of the early care and education workforce by increasing access to and use of opportunities for professional development. Our comprehensive professional development system is specifically designed to meet the needs of people who work in:
✔ Child care center directors, assistant directors, teachers, and support staff – including privately-owned, non-profit, church ministry, state agency, university/college, federal/military, and federally-recognized tribal programs
✔ Family and group home providers and group home provider assistants
✔ Relative care providers related by blood, marriage, or adoption: grandparent, sister or brother, aunt or uncle, and their spouses
✔ Head Start / Early Head Start teachers, directors, coordinators, and support staff
✔ Pre-K teachers and assistant teachers in public schools, private schools and Office of School Readiness (OSR) state-funded sites
✔ Special education teachers
✔ Early Intervention Service Coordinators
✔ School-age caregivers and teachers in public and private schools, beyond regular school hours
✔ Part-time program staff in YWCAs / YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Mother’s Day Out
✔ Non-traditional caregivers such as homeschoolers, nannies, and respite caregivers