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ERIC Number: ED528573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Education Workforce Supply: A Report to the General Assembly on Public Act 05-245. Report
Connecticut Department of Higher Education (NJ1)
Public Act 05-245 called for the establishment of a committee to assess pathways to baccalaureate degree programs in early childhood education; make recommendations to increase access to initial certification in early childhood or child development; and make recommendations for strengthening articulation between two-year and four-year early childhood education or child development programs. Central to these early childcare initiatives is the recognition that preschool children need and deserve appropriately educated and trained teachers to ensure that they are ready and able to learn when they arrive at school. This report identifies statewide efforts underway to provide education and training to the early childcare workforce. This report identifies existing programs available to the early care workforce, barriers that present challenges to completion of programs, and suggested actions to be taken to eliminate barriers and increase degree completion. This report identifies one of the most significant challenges ahead for the early care workforce in the state of Connecticut as it attempts to meet the mandate that requires at least one baccalaureate degree teacher in each preschool readiness program by 2015. The analysis of students in the educational pipeline, associated degree production, and the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded in this field suggests that extraordinary measures need to be implemented to meet Connecticut's statutory goals. Appended are: (1) Member List; (2) Sources Consulted; (3) The Connecticut Early Childhood Education Articulation Plan; (4) Connecticut Career Ladder Advisory Committee; (5) A brief description of Connecticut Charts-A-Course (CCAC); (6) State Department of Education's projections of the need for certified Early Childhood Education teachers for the State's 19 Priority Districts and for the State's 45 Non-Priority Districts which are eligible for competitive grants; (7) Shaping Young Lives: A Profile of Connecticut's Early Care and Education Workforce; (8) Early Childhood Education Programs; (9) Department of Higher Education Early Childhood Education Survey; and (10) Early Childhood Education Five Year Budget. A glossary of terms is included.
Connecticut Department of Higher Education. 61 Woodland Street 3rd Floor, Hartford, CT 06105. Tel: 860-947-1800; Fax: 860-947-1310; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Department of Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut