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YoungStar Professional Development Department (PDD)

Professional Development Department Objectives

Our objective is to be the first level of professional development resource gathering and research to YoungStar Technical Consultants and the second level of professional development resource gathering and research to child care programs. To supply, develop, update and maintain well-organized professional development services that will improve our practice as professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin.

YoungStar Professional Development Department Overview
SFTA currently administers YoungStar professional development services through our wonderful Professional Development staff:

Abbe Braun

Professional Development Manager

CCR&Rs and programs may contact Abbe with questions about policies and administration of the YoungStar Professional Development Department.

(608) 443.2491


Jenna Finley

Professional Development Specialist

CCR&Rs and programs may contact Jenna with questions/concerns about standardized and customizable trainings, training revisions and professional development goal setting.

(608) 800.1506

Romilia Schlueter

Bilingual Quality Improvement Specialist

CCR&Rs and programs may contact Romilia with questions/concerns about standard YoungStar trainings and customizable trainings for Spanish-speaking audiences.

(608) 443.2495

PDD Resources & Supports

Listed below are specific supports, tools, and, resources that SFTA’s Professional Development Department provides, ranging from simple to complex depending upon the level of need.

Technical Consultants (TCs) & Trainers
  • Connect with The Registry to follow The Registry PDAS requirements for a given position.
  • Provide desired, meaningful trainings that can be utilized within the programs in which a TC/trainer serves.
  • Supply templates, guides, tip sheets, checklists, and other forms for professional development action planning.
  • Share information regarding T.E.A.C.H and REWARD and assist in referral of interested providers to Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA).
  • Provide professional development learning opportunities consisting of state and national trainings, workshops, webinars, meetings, and conferences.
  • Offer a diverse selection of early childhood and school-age professional development resources; books, videos, articles, and games.
Early Childhood & School-Age Programs
  • Provide professional development counseling.
  • Refer to Child Care Resource & Referral agencies for professional development trainings, meetings, conferences, and webinars.
Partnering Agencies
  • Collaborate in updating and creating desired trainings for all programs.
  • Serve on workgroups and Communities of Practice.

Professional Development Corner

(*Please stay tuned for more resources and information to be added here!)

  • Check out this month’s Grow and Learn, formerly known as SFTA’s Professional Development E-Blast below, for statewide and national professional development opportunities and resources for Technical Consultants, trainers and other early childhood professionals. If you are using a Chrome browser with a Windows operating system, you may be currently unable to open PDFs like this one due to an issue with Chrome that Google is working to resolve. Until this issue is addressed, please use an alternative browser to access PDFs on our site.
  • Spanish-speaking early childhood professionals are encouraged to check out Romilia’s Spanish radio program, Apoyando Familias, Aprendiendo Juntos, which airs every Wednesday on La Movida, WLMV 1480, at 11 am CDT. Archived programs can be found on the radio program blog.
  • SFTA Quarterly Newsletter: This newsletter is targeted to early care and education professionals including CCR&R staff, providers, and those in similar professions. Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter here.
  • See The Importance of Professional Development for a concrete look at why professional development is important in early childhood. Remember, professional development is a journey and you’re never too old or smart to learn something new!


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