The Professional Development Information System is a web-based system for supporting the professional development of Colorado’s early childhood workforce.
Why is Colorado implementing the PDIS?
Strengthening and supporting early childhood professional is critical to young children’s success. In an effort to improve our early childhood professional preparation system, Colorado’s Early Learning Professional Development System Plan was created and approved by the Early Childhood Leadership Commission in 2010. That plan includes aligning training for early childhood professionals with EC workforce competencies, development of an interactive web-based clearinghouse to advise early learning professionals, provision for an early childhood workforce registry system, development of a data system linked to other important early childhood data systems, and the ability to develop reports for key stakeholders and policy makers. The PDIS will support all of these goals.
What are the advantages to early childhood professionals?
The PDIS will offer you many advantages. Some of these include:
One place to find all training and education information – from required yearly training hours to professional advancement at all levels.
The ability to add to this documentation and create an individual portfolio demonstrating competence.
Support for creating a competency-based individual professional development plan.
An automatically calculated credential level.
A competency profile to support your ongoing professional development needs.
The PDIS will be a “one-stop shop” for all your professional development needs.
How is the information collected?
Strengthening the Early Childhood Workforce
The information in the PDIS will be collected in several ways. The individual professional will enter the majority of the information as a part of the registration process. Some information will be collected from other systems connected to the PDIS such as the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System. Information on training and education may be entered by an approved trainer or institution so that completion is automatically included in the professional’s PD profile. Demonstrated competency measures can also be entered by those approved to do so.
Who will have access to the information?
Data privacy and security are a major consideration in the creation of this system. Ultimately, it is the individual who provides access to any personally identifiable information. The information collected for workforce reporting and policy considerations will only be in aggregate format looking at trends and movement within the workforce.
How will the information be used?
The information will be used in multiple ways. One important use will be to support the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Information on training, education and experience as well as demonstrated early childhood competence will be used to calculate an individual’s Early Childhood Professional Credential level. This credential level will be communicated to QRIS in order to track and report information for the professional development section of the QRIS scoring.
The information in the PDIS will be used in aggregate form to answer important questions about professional development for early childhood professionals. For example:
How prepared is Colorado’s early childhood workforce to provide effective care and education for all children?
What policies and investments lead to a skilled and stable early childhood workforce?
What are characteristics of early childhood professionals within high quality programs?
Do Colorado’s children with the highest needs have access to qualified staff?
What is the timetable?
The information will be used in multiple ways. One important use will be to support the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Information on training, education and experience as well as demonstrated early childhood competence will be used to calculate an individual’s Early Childhood Professional Credential level. This
Can you participate in the PDIS and not in the QRIS?
Yes, an individual can participate in the PDIS even if their program decides not to progress in the new QRIS.
What is the cost to participate?
There is no fee required to participate in the PDIS.
Do uploaded transcripts have to be official transcripts?
Official transcripts need to be uploaded into the system.
Will background checks/fingerprints be stored in the PDIS?
No, background checks and/or fingerprint information will not be stored in the PDIS. After significant evaluation, it was determined that this approach would not be beneficial to early childhood professionals.
How is PDIS connected to Colorado Shines QRIS Level 2?
If a program decides to progress to Level 2, they will be required to register in the PDIS. They are then able to select and participate in a variety of online courses that will meet the requirements of Colorado Shines QRIS Level 2.
Will the PDIS generate a Credential certificate?
Yes, the PDIS will generate a downloadable/printable Credential certificate.
Will Early Childhood Councils be able to see aggregate and individual information for the professionals in their area?
Councils will be able to see aggregate information for their area. If Council staff would like to see individual information, they need to plan a time to sit down in front of a computer together or the professional can send the Council staff person a transcript report.
What Colorado Shines QRIS Level 2 E-learning Courses will be available on the PDIS?
The following courses are the Colorado Shines QRIS Level 2 E-learning Courses: