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ERIC Number: ED574700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
Advancing the Illinois Early Childhood Education Workforce: A Model College and Career Pathway. IERC 2017-3
Bernoteit, Stephanie A.; Holt, Janet K.; Kirchhoff, Amber
Illinois Education Research Council
The early childhood educator workforce has widely ranging credentials and degrees, qualifications and compensation, typically varying by setting. Yet, there is a national call for aligning and strengthening requirements for preparation of the early childhood workforce to ensure that young children thrive and reach their potential at each stage in their development. This policy brief proposes and describes a pathway model that accomplishes these goals, building on the existing early childhood credentialing and postsecondary degree structure in Illinois to create a seamless system of vertically-aligned preparation for the early childhood workforce with multiple entry and exit paths to fit the needs of this diverse workforce. This policy report details how this pathway model fits in the Illinois context, describes the rationale for its development, and importantly, concludes with recommendations for Illinois policymakers and state agencies, as well as for higher education institutions to continue to develop and advance the early childhood workforce in Illinois.
Illinois Education Research Council. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Campus Box 1064, Edwardsville, IL 62026. Tel: 866-799-4372; Tel: 618-650-2840; Fax: 618-650-2425; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois University, Illinois Education Research Council
Identifiers - Location: Illinois