Career Pathways

Under the Professional Development System (PDS), child care providers and/or director/owners are recognized for their education in the child care field by "levels".

Career Pathway Information

Those registered in the PDS are recognized for their education in the early child care field. A child care provider or director/owner's education will earn a certain "level" on the Early Childhood Care and Education Career Pathway. The Career Pathway outlines the requirements and options for professional growth and success. Under the PDS, child care providers and/or directors/owners can also be eligible for incentives.

Early Childhood Care and Education Career Pathway (PDF)

Disagree with A Career Pathway Level Placement

If you disagree with Early Childhood Care and Education Career Pathway Level and believe that your education, training, or other documents should be re-evaluated you may appeal within 10 days of receiving your placement letter. The Registry Review Committee will review your application and you will receive a letter explaining what they decided and why. If you still believe the placement level is wrong, an outside third party will be used.

The following documents must be presented for an appeal:

  • Cover Letter describing why you wish to appeal.
  • Additional documentation about course content, projects, independent study credits, and other items you feel might be helpful.
  • Proof of informal (non-credit) training hours that you have completed in the 10 Core Knowledge Areas.