ERIC Number: ED034589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
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Staffing Preschools: Background Information.
Katz, Lilian G.; Weir, Mary K.
This report explores background variables related to preschool teaching, and emphasizes that statistics fluctuate in early childhood education. The increase for preprimary enrollment of 3- and 4-year-olds was 26 percent from 1966 to 1967. Accurate figures on preschool teaching personnel are not available, but a large proportion of Head Start teachers had less than 6 months experience with young children before employment. However, one third of Head Start professional staff and almost two thirds of program assistants were drawn from minority groups. Certification and credentialing vary widely from state to state. Nursery school teachers are required to hold certificates in only 19 states, although preschool programs receiving federal funds must hire teachers with training or ability in child care. Teacher training programs in colleges reflect inadequate credentialing regulations. The present growth rate suggests double enrollment of preschool children by 1972. It is concluded that the critical shortage of trained preschool personnel will continue to grow. (DR)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Labs.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Early Childhood Education, Champaign, IL.; Illinois Univ., Urbana, National Lab. on Early Childhood Education.