Report on Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: Implementation Plan for the State of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First 5 California and the California Department of Education (CDE)
recently published a state implementation plan
for early childhood professionals who work with young children. The
document will help guide their support for every child’s growth and

The plan is intended to serve as a roadmap for implementing a fully
developed and articulated statewide system of certification,
preparation, and support for California’s early childhood education
professionals. The document includes concrete objectives for creating
real systems-level change within the plan that are achievable over the
next five years.

Last year, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council
(NRC) published Transforming
the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation
This national report was the catalyst for launching the state-level
planning team in January 2016.

In an intensive nine-month process, the team discussed the
recommendations from the IOM and NRC report, identified key priorities
for California, and developed a plan for achieving these priorities. The
team created a plan to support the state’s goal that professionals
working with young children in California are well-prepared to most
effectively support every child’s growth and development.

“This implementation plan is a major milestone, but our collective
effort continues,” said First 5 California Executive Director Camille
Maben. Ms. Maben adds, “Our work is focused on achieving the objectives
outlined in the plan and determining the specific actions necessary to
do so.”

First 5 California and CDE will continue to collaborate and align this
work with other workgroups and councils. For the plan, updates, and
supporting documents, please go to

About First 5 California

First 5 California, also known as the California Children and
Families Commission, was established after voters passed Proposition 10
in November 1998, which added a tax on tobacco products to fund
education, health, childcare, and other services for children ages 0 to
5 and their families. Its programs and resources are designed to educate
teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers about the critical role
they play during a child’s first five years – with the overarching goal
of helping more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in
school and in life. For more information, please visit


First 5 California
Sarah Neville-Morgan, 916-263-1024