Date: 28-01-2020

A new phase for the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative

January 2020 has kicked-off a new phase of the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative, launched by ISSA and R4D in 2016 to support those who work with children ages 0 to 8 and their families. The Initiative will continue to enhance the knowledge base by developing several landscape analyses and begin work to facilitate the use of the Initative's assessment Tool.

A call for literature will be launched in order to inform two landscape analyses will. These analyses will focus on Continuous Quality Improvement and Working Conditions. This effort aims to synthetize the literature on the policies, practices, challenges, and needs related to the early childhood workforce, these studies aim to strengthen the knowledge base on the existing status of the workforce, identify common challenges and experiences, and areas for improvement.

The Initiative will continue work to make the Home Visiting Workforce Needs Assessment Tool, launched in 2019, accessible for policy planning and personnel management for home visiting programs. A user guide is being developed to ensure country teams are able to implement the tool in the most efficient way. This will enable countries to take the lead when conducting assessments and addressing the needs of the home visiting workforce in a more systematic manner. This guide will be translated into several languages and disseminated as a user-friendly package.