Webinar: Advancing country efforts for early childhood workforce development
Despite a growing body of knowledge on the importance of the early childhood workforce as a key component of quality services, there remains a lack of basic data on factors such as the qualifications of personnel, their pay experiences and training levels, and the availability of support staff.
The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative carried out key informant interviews across 15 countries in diverse regions to learn about country priorities around the early childhood workforce, promising approaches to supporting the workforce, current data gaps, and interest in piloting a needs assessment tool. The interviews reinforced the fact that government officials and program managers lack access to basic data on the workforce and desire additional information that captures experiences across levels of government. Lack of information prevents policymakers and managers from identifying and diagnosing gaps in the workforce that could inform future policies and programming.
In response to this data, ECWI developed a needs assessment tool to support policymakers responsible for policy planning and personnel management of ECD programs around the early childhood workforce. The tool focuses particularly on personnel supporting home visiting programs delivered across sectors for pregnant mothers and caregivers with children under 3.
The webinar will share more on this Tool, addressing the following topics:
- Structure, content and relevance of the Tool
- Results from piloting the Tool in two different countries with two different home visiting systems (Bulgaria and Kenya)
- Future applications and adaptations
Zorica Trikic – Senior Program Manager, ISSA
Kavita Hatipoglu, Program Officer, Education, Early Childhood Development, Results for Development (R4D), USA
Dr. Elizabeth Omondi, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Coordinator & Early Childhood Development (ECD) focal person, Siaya County, Kenya
Vera Rangelova, Early Childhood Development Officer, UNICEF Bulgaria