About the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals (NCICDP)

Our History

The Institute was established in 1993 by a group of dedicated volunteers as a result of a national effort to address the need for state-level early childhood professional development systems. In September 2008 the Institute incorporated and shortly thereafter formed a Board of Directors and was granted 501C3 status. The work of the Institute is conducted by staff and guided by a Board of Directors. Through consultative services, development of publications, collection and dissemination of data, trainings, networking and outreach efforts and the advancement of the field through the Certification system, the Institute engages and informs practice, policy development and resource use.

Our Mission

The mission of the North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals (Institute) is to; promote the implementation of a comprehensive professional development and recognition system that links education and compensation for the child care workforce to ensure high quality care and education services for children and families. The Institute is a field-based and lead non-profit organization which provides both free and fee-based services.

Our Work

The Institute

  • Builds and supplies high quality training opportunities for Early Educators on professional development planning for individuals, organizations and systems.
  • Certifies and provides work life benefits to early educators who work directly with and on the behalf of, or intend to work with children ages birth to twelve.
  • Creates access to resources and the latest research on workforce issues through its partner network and learning community and via its website.
  • Defines and educates others about early childhood professional development system elements and strategies.
  • Offers specialty endorsements to early educators who work directly with and on the behalf of young children and families and to service providers who support the health and safety of children served in out of home settings.
  • Offers networking opportunities for early educators through in-person and virtual events.
  • Partners with early educators, government agencies, non-profit organizations, business and industry, parents and research and advocacy groups to improve workforce education, compensation and retention levels.
  • Provides consultation services on professional development strategies, systems development and grant development.
  • Actively engages the workforce through its email blasts, EEC Facebook page, website and workgroups related to advancing the education of the workforce, compensation, higher education and professional development.
  • Produces tools, publications, research and reports and collects and disseminates data about the NC early childhood workforce.
  • Supports the provision of professional development services through trainings, networking opportunities and resources.

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