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ERIC Number: ED574310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching the Teachers of Our Youngest Children: The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in Nebraska. Highlights
Austin, Lea J. E.; Sakai, Laura; Whitebook, Marcy; Bloechliger, Olivia; Amanta, Felippa; Montoya, Elena
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California at Berkeley
Today, the importance of early care and education (ECE) to children's lifelong learning and to our nation's economic well being is recognized up to the highest levels of government, and in businesses, schools, and living rooms across the country. This understanding represents a dramatic shift from earlier decades, and carries with it heightened expectations for what teachers of young children should know and be able to do, in light of mounting evidence about inadequate and unequal educational quality, particularly for children of color and those living in low-income families. In recent years, Nebraska, like many states, has committed public and private resources toward multiple efforts to improve educational services and to ensure that teacher education degree and certification programs can better prepare their graduates to meet the complex needs of young children of all ages. There still remains a demand for more than 7,000 new early childhood professionals to provide quality care and education to Nebraska's most at-risk children. This report highlights findings from the "Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory", and the extent to which Nebraska ECE higher education programs offer course content and learning experiences that are associated with effective teacher preparation. [This report was commissioned by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska. For "Teaching the Teachers of Our Youngest Children: The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in Nebraska, 2015," see ED574308. For "The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in Nebraska. Technical Report," see ED574311.]
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California at Berkeley, 2521 Channing Way #5555, Berkeley, CA 94720. Tel: 510-643-7091; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley. Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska