Early Childhood Project-Career Development Office
The Early Childhood Services Bureau contracts with the Montana Early Childhood Project (ECP) to manage the state’s early childhood Career Development System. The ECP is dedicated to improving the quality of programs and services for Montana’s young children and their families. The ECP is located at Montana State University-Bozeman in the Department of Health and Human Development. The ECP collaborates with may organizations and associations in Montana to enhance its ability to assist families and promote helpful programs and services statewide. The Early Care & Education Career Development Office is located in the ECP. The Career Development Office manages the practitioner registry, training approval system, statewide training calendar and scholarship programs. The ECP, with help from a statewide advisory board, coordinates Early Care and Education Career Development for Montana.
Components of career development are:
The Career Path: provides guidance to document and recognize experience, education and training accomplishments of practitioners.
The Practitioner Registry: recognizes a practitioner’s level on the Career Path and documents professional achievements in early care and education.
A Statewide Training Calendar: supplies information on approved training opportunities in the knowledge Base content areas.
Training Approval System and Training Directory:
Recognizes quality training and identifies trainers throughout Montana.
Career Development Awards: provides funds for accreditation fees through the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation, and Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment fees.
Knowledge Base: defines what early childhood teachers/caregivers who work with young children and families need to know. Includes eleven content areas and a self-evaluation component.