Professional Development

North Carolina’s Early Learning Challenge grant continued North Carolina's history of investing in the early childhood workforce. The grant supported activities that built on the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators and leaders statewide. It has built their capacity to establish powerful learning communities that improve practice and collaboration. The grant has built upon the strengths of our community college and university early childhood programs and our statewide Smart Start system and Child Care Resource and Referral network to offer a continuum of low to high intensity leadership and professional development and learning community opportunities to increase the number of early childhood professionals at all levels receiving training; completing college level coursework; increasing knowledge, skills and collaboration; and achieving higher levels of credentials and degrees.