Recognition of the profession

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:

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.

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.

Report on the Working Conditions of the Early Years Education and Care Sector 2017

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Working Conditions of the Early Years Education and Care Sector

The primary purpose of this report of the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs is firstly, to focus attention on the poor working conditions and below average pay scales of all those working in the early years sector and, secondly, to highlight the major areas of concern currently facing the sector in both rural and urban services across all provinces.

Early Childhood Policies and Systems in Eight Countries: Findings from IEA’s Early Childhood Education Study

Colorado's Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan

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Colorado's Early Childhood Workforce Plan 2020

As Colorado continues to thrive, attracting new businesses and young professionals, the state must prioritize strategies to attract, retain, and support a strong early childhood workforce for children birth through age eight – both for the state’s growing economy and for the growing and increasingly diverse population of young children.

Voices of child care providers: an exploratory study on the impact of policy changes

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Child Care Providers

In debates about child care and early education, the voices of providers are often missing. In this article, we report fndings from a study exploring child care provider perspectives on how regulation and policy changes impact their ability to provide care. Data were collected from interviews and focus groups with home-based providers and center-based administrators (N = 55) in rural, urban and suburban New York counties.

Money, love and identity: Initial findings from the National ECEC Workforce Study

Teachers in Asia Pacific: Status and Rights

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Teachers in Asia Pacfic

This regional synthesis report is the result of collaborative efforts in conducting a research study on Asia Pacific Teachers: Status and Rights in eight countries in Asia Pacific region.

Social Status and Professional Development of Early Childhood and Preschool Teacher Profession: Sociological and Pedagogical Theoretical Frame

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Social Status, Professional Development of Early Childhood and Preschool Teacher Profession

This paper theoretically and empirically deals with the relationship between the concepts of social status and professional development of early childhood and preschool teachers’ profession, while discussing the possibility of complementing two dominantly sociological and pedagogical traditions from which they derived.