ERIC Number: ED491135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Making the Case: Improving Head Start Teacher Qualifications Requires Increased Investment. CLASP Head Start Series. Policy Paper No. 1
Hart, Katherine; Schumacher, Rachel
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
This paper summarizes the research on the importance of teacher education and salary levels, provides a snapshot of Head Start and Early Head Start staff credentials and related issues, describes recent legislative history and changes on teacher qualifications, and assesses whether states and higher education systems are ready to address a major policy change. It concludes with a discussion of cost implications and policy recommendations for Congress. This discussion draws from both relevant research and federal data from Program Information Reports (PIR) submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by all federal Head Start grantees. (Contains 5 figures.)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Competencies, Human Services, Preschool Education, Early Intervention, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Salaries, Preservice Teacher Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Federal Programs, Family Programs, Diversity (Faculty)
Center for Law and Social Policy, 1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-906-8000; Web site: http://www.clasp.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.