Child Care

Pathways to Professional Development

Glossary

Career Lattice
A computerized system of tracking the educational and professional achievements of those who work in the field of child care and education. The South Dakota Pathways Career Lattice identifies seven levels of professional achievement for practitioners in the field.

Early Care and Education
Services provided to children between birth and 8 years old.

Elective Areas of Knowledge
Training areas that individual practitioners may choose from in order to complete the training requirements identified for Career Lattice Levels I and II.

Eligible Professional Organizations
Affiliates of either state or national organizations including professional organizations such as:

  • South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children (an affiliate of NAEYC),
  • South Dakota School Age Care Alliance (SoDakSACA),
  • Council for Exceptional Children,
  • South Dakota Child Care Providers' Association,
  • Child Care Directors' Association,
  • South Dakota Head Start Association and
  • South Dakota Children's Coalition.

Essential Areas of Knowledge
Areas of training that are deemed important for the professional advancement of those who work in the early childhood field. The Career Lattice identifies CPR and first aid certification as an ongoing requirement for all levels. Infant/child CPR certification must meet Red Cross training guidelines. First aid certification must meet South Dakota child care registration or licensing guidelines.

Out-of-School Time
Care and education services provided to children between the ages of 5 and 12.

Practitioners
Individuals who actively pursue continuing education and demonstrate a commitment to working with children and families.

Required Areas of Training
Training areas that individual practitioners are required to complete in order to meet the training requirements identified for Career Lattice Levels III and IV.

Specialization Areas
Includes birth to age 3, preschool, family child care, home visitor and out-of-school time.

Specialty Areas of Training
Training Areas that individual practitioners must complete in order to meet the educational requirements identified for Career Lattice Levels V, VI and VII.

Supervised Practicum Experience
Experience working with children and families as a requirement of a systematic program of study from a recognized technical or higher education institution.