ERIC Number: ED480376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Workforce Preparation in New York State: A Pilot Study.
Lekies, Kristi S.; Cochran, Mon
A key component of a quality early care and education system for young children is the early childhood workforce--teachers and others who work directly with children, as well as directors and administrators. This paper explores a number of issues central to early childhood teacher education in New York State. The paper first describes the educational "rungs" on the current occupational ladders in public school kindergarten, child care, and Head Start, with particular reference to the educational requirements attached to the various pathways. A second "fact-finding" aspect of the paper involves documenting the current capacity of higher education institutions in New York offering the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in early childhood teacher preparation, as well as assessing the capacity of these programs to meet the current and future needs of New York's early care and education system. Because access to teacher certification often depends on how CDA and community college programs articulate with four-year institutions, a third component of the paper consists of lessons learned from an articulation case study involving an informal consortium of a State University of New York four-year college and two community colleges. A fourth aspect explored in the paper is the resources and incentives available to adults in New York wishing to obtain early childhood teaching credentials, either prior to workforce entry or to support further education while employed. The paper includes results of inquiry into the dimensions of New York's Educational Incentive Program, a $10 million program designed to provide financial assistance for higher education coursework related to early childhood education. Other incentive programs existing throughout New York are discussed as well. Finally, the paper identifies gaps in existing knowledge about needs related to preparation of the early childhood workforce and proposes key areas for further inquiry. (HTH)
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Child Care, Community Colleges, Early Childhood Education, Knowledge Level, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching (Occupation), Universities
Cornell Early Childhood Program, Department of Human Development, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401. Tel: 607-255-2457; Fax: 607-255-8767; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.human.cornell.edu/units/hd/cecp.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Cornell Early Childhood Program.
Identifiers - Location: New York