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ERIC Number: ED538869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
Who Will Teach Our Children? Building a Qualified Early Childhood Workforce to Teach English-Language Learners. New Journalism on Latino Children
Bridges, Margaret; Dagys, Natasha
Institute of Human Development (NJ1)
Latinos accounted for three in five new workers in Metro Chicago's workforce over the last decade--representing a national trend that will intensify as the growing count of young Latinos in the U.S. comes of age (U.S. Census, 1980, 2010). To address this increasing diversity and invest in the future, Illinois passed a mandate designed to foster bilingual skills and early learning in young English-language learners (ELLs). Now the Illinois early childhood education (ECE) workforce is scrambling to comply. This situation in Illinois is indicative of two disparate, national trends: State boards of education are embracing the importance of quality in early childhood education as they simultaneously struggle to define what constitutes quality for diverse, young learners. The New Journalism on Latino Children project, based at UC Berkeley, partnered with The Illinois Early Learning Council (ILELC) and the Chicago's Latino Policy Forum to survey early childhood programs across Illinois to better understand how the workforce is evolving as their children become more diverse. The authors present information on the education and certifications of teachers serving young children in programs funded through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), as well as on teachers' reported need for and interest in obtaining additional education and certifications. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables, and 6 footnotes.) [Contributions provided by Jennifer Ly and Sara McElmurry.]
Institute of Human Development. University of California Berkeley, 1121 Tolman Hall #1690, Berkeley, CA 94720. Tel: 510-642-7239; Fax: 510-642-7969; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: McCormick Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley. Institute of Human Development (IHD)
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; United States