About the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative focuses on the country system and policy level to support and empower those who work with families and children under age 8 (e.g. home visitors, preschool staff, community health workers), as well as those who supervise and mentor practitioners (e.g. supervisors, mentors and coaches, trainers). This initiative takes a holistic, multi-sectoral approach to bridge gaps in policy and practice and promote high quality, equitable services. This initiative is co-hosted by the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) and Results for Development (R4D) Read more


In the spotlight:

The relationship between teacher qualification and the quality of the early childhood education and care environment

July 26, 2017


The very recent Campbell systematic review study adds more answers to the question: How much does the teacher qualification impact the quality of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) environment?

The authors reviewed 48 studies with 82 independent samples from 1980 to 2014 examining the relationship between teacher qualification and the quality of ECEC environment, which included children from pre-kindergarten and kindergarteners prior to primary school.

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Strengthening the inter-sectoral work for early intervention – news from Ukraine

SOFT Tulip is a small organization with a huge network which includes seven major service providers and 25,000 people. They’ve provided training services in Moldova, Serbia, Hungary and, most recently, have big news from Ukraine. SOFT Tulip, UNICEF, the National Assembly of People with Disabilities of Ukraine, Early Intervention Institute of Kharkiv, All Ukrainian Foundation for Children’s’ Rights and Eurlyaid, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ukrainian Ministers of health, social policy and education & science.