Education & Care

Early Learning Career Pathways Initiative: Credentialing in the Early Care and Education Field

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Early Learning Career Pathways Initiative: Credentialing in the Early Care and Education Field

This report introduces a career pathways framework 4 in use by several federal agencies, provides a national landscape of states’  requirements for ECE staff related to credentialing, highlights five states at various points in the development of ECE career pathways, and shows how early learning system components used in the majority of states align with the Six Key Elements of Career Pathways Framework that other industries use. The elements in this framework are:


Early Childhood Workforce Index 2018

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Early Childhood Workforce Index 2018

This second edition of the biennial Early Childhood Workforce Index continues to track the status of the ECE workforce and related state policies in order to understand changes over time. We have added several new analyses and updated our policy indicators and recommendations. Highlights include:

Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study

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Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study


"In the 25 years since the release of the National Child Care Staffing Study, combined developments in science, practice, and policy have dramatically shifted the context for discussions about the status of early childhood teaching jobs, and the importance of attracting and retaining a well-prepared workforce that is capable of nurturing young children’s learning, health and development. Three narrative elements of this changed early care and education landscape set the stage for the new evidence presented in this report:

Core Competencies for the Prenatal Through Age Three Workforce

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The cross-sector core competencies for the prenatal
through 3-year-old field are currently being broadened
to encompass competencies needed for working with
children 3-5 years old.

Recommendations for common policy across the EU regarding professional development as an element of quality in ECEC and child wellbeing for all

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This report’s discussion and recommendations build on Workpackage 3’s (WP3) work within CARE,
including: 1) a review of the systems of professional development, pre-service and in-service across
10 European countries and the impact that structural and processual shifts have on European ECEC
quality and child development (D3.1); 2) a meta-review of extant European studies that examine the
impact of professional development on child outcomes, conducted as a meta-analysis (D3.2); and

Report on “good practice” case studies of professional development in three countries

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This report presents ‘good practice case studies’ of exemplary approaches to innovative in-service
professional development of ECEC practitioners in three countries: Denmark, Italy and Poland.
The report is part of the project CARE “Curriculum Quality Analyses and Impact Review of European
Education and Care”, a collaborative project funded by the European Union within the Seventh
Framework Program, to address issues related to the quality, inclusiveness, and individual, social, and
economic benefits of Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe.

Pursuing Quality in Early Learning: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Teacher Competency Framework for Southeast Asia (SEA)

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With the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a platform for
achieving quality early childhood care and education outcomes by 2030, ECCE policy-makers,
practitioners, and academicians from Asia-Pacific countries gathered at the second Asia-Pacific
Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education in Putrajaya, Malaysia in 2016
to share experiences, innovations, and lessons learned in developing and implementing ECCE
policies and initiatives.

Supporting the Early childhood Workforce at Scale: Preschool Education in Ukraine

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Preschool education in Ukraine
This study, the second in this series, focuses on the role of preschool teachers in Ukraine. The country, with a predominantly public network of preschool education, has achieved coverage for a significant proportion of the population. Nevertheless, it struggles to meet demand and ensure quality of services. In addition, Ukraine is at a unique moment where increasing attention is being paid in the country to improving the quality of preschool education and supporting inclusion, which have been elevated in recent policy reforms. Taking into account the significance of preschool teachers to the system of preschool education, this study aims to gain a better understanding of their experiences, including their backgrounds, the support that they receive, as well as the challenges that they encounter. By illustrating the experiences of preschool teachers in Ukraine and identifying the size and scope of the challenges they face, it is hoped that this study will support officials within the Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerstvo osvity i nauky) in Ukraine as well as local education departments to strengthen and support preschool personnel through targeted policies and programs and contribute to the knowledge base around the early childhood workforce.

Kindergarten teachers' perceptions on in-service training and impact on classroom practice

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Kindergarten teachers in-service training and impact on classroom practice

Professional development of teachers has become an essential condition in today's knowledge-based society to sustain the quality of teaching. One of the major goal of the Romanian education system is regarding high quality of teacher professional development programs that should enhance their competences and use of new curricular approaches to facilitate successful practice. It is well-known the axis that improving teachers would improve the teaching and learning in school, which in turn would improve the quality of education at national level.

Longitudinal Study of Changes in Teachers’ Views of Early Childhood Education in the USA, Russia, and Finland

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Early Childhood Education in the USA, Russia and Finland

This investigation examines changes in teachers’ views of the needs of children in early childhood education (ECE) context in the USA, Russia, and Finland over the past two decades. In addition, it focuses on the teachers’ views about their role  in  the  process  of  child-rearing  within  formal  ECE  institutions. Moreover,  the primary purpose  of documenting teachers’  views  on  children’s needs, professional work, and centre-based child care, between  these  societal contexts from 1991 and 2011, is to better understand points of comparative change.