Examining the Associations Between Infant/Toddler Workforce Preparation, Program Quality and Child Outcomes: A Review of the Research Evidence summarizes the findings of an evidence review conducted to address the following question:
What evidence do we have from the research literature about associations between infant/toddler teacher and caregiver preparation (e.g. education, credentials, etc.) and improvements in quality and child outcomes.
The research team worked to synthesized research about which core competencies and credentials have the strongest associations with program quality outcomes. Their findings report what research currently says about:
- teachers’ degrees in relation to program quality and child outcomes;
- teachers’ major/concentration in ECE or child development in relation to observed quality and child outcomes;
- state credentials on observed quality and child outcomes; and
- teacher training on observed quality and child outcomes.
The study describes the implications of this research for policy, practice and for further research.