ERIC Number: ED367482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Paths to African American Leadership Positions in Early Childhood Education: Constraints and Opportunities.
National Black Child Development Inst., Inc., Washington, DC.
This study was conducted to assess the current status of African-American leadership in early childhood education, explore the reasons for underrepresentation, and identify strategies to increase African-American participation as leaders in the field. Through a literature review, existing survey data, and personal interviews, it was found that a lack of college degrees and financial resources for higher education prevent a substantial proportion of African Americans from advancing from assistant teacher to teacher or director and beyond. Also, subtle forms of racism interfere with the career development of African Americans, including the careers of those who have earned advanced degrees and become early childhood leaders. The NBCDI recommends that: (1) more data be collected on all leaders in early childhood education; (2) there be increased opportunities for personnel already in the field; and (3) a consortium of teacher training institutions that specialize in early childhood education be established to better coordinate existing efforts and develop new strategies for diversifying the field at the leadership level. (MDM)
Descriptors: Black Leadership, Blacks, Career Development, Child Caregivers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Attainment, Employment Opportunities, Position Papers, Promotion (Occupational), Racial Differences, Racial Discrimination, Teacher Education
National Black Child Development Institute, 1023 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Black Child Development Inst., Inc., Washington, DC.