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ERIC Number: ED594604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Putting Degrees within Reach: Strategies for Financing Early Educator Degrees
Katz, Anne; Loewenberg, Aaron
New America
Early childhood educators have a unique opportunity to foster the development of cognitive, behavioral, and social skills. But the work is not easy. Effective educators need both a deep understanding of child development and mastery of a complex set of skills to meet the learning needs of young children. Accordingly, there is a growing demand across the country for early childhood educators with a bachelor's degree education. For example, 35 state pre-K programs now require lead teachers to possess a bachelor's degree, up from 26 programs with such a degree requirement 10 years ago. And the 2007 reauthorization of Head Start required half of all lead teachers to hold bachelor's degrees with training in early education. Currently, about 74 percent of Head Start teachers hold a bachelor's or advanced degree in early childhood or a related field. This report on financing strategies is the second in a series that will explore strategies to help address some of those issues. It describes several strategies currently in use to assist early educators working to obtain a degree and end with a list of important things to consider when designing programs to help educators successfully navigate the journey towards successful completion of a degree program.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation; Alliance for Early Success
Authoring Institution: New America
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin); Arizona; Oregon; Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program