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ERIC Number: ED529879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 172
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-6011-2
A Golden Opportunity: Advancing California's Early Care and Education Workforce Professional Development System. Monograph
Karoly, Lynn A.
RAND Corporation
In an effort to inform preschool policy in California, an interdisciplinary team of RAND researchers conducted a multiyear study of preschool education known as the California Preschool Study. One of the recommendations from that study was the need for a more in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of the early care and education (ECE) workforce professional development system (PDS) in California. This study aims to provide a comprehensive synthesis of what is known and what is not known about key dimensions of the state's ECE workforce PDS and the resulting outcomes. It finds that California has taken steps to implement components of a comprehensive ECE workforce PDS but further advances are needed. In addition, information gaps mean that it is not possible to identify inefficiencies in the current system. The study provides a set of recommendations for improving the system's effectiveness by making better use of existing resources and by improving the ability of the PDS to prepare and support the ECE workforce. Appended are: (1) California Child Development Permit Matrix; (2) Structure of California CSU Bachelor's Degree Programs Focusing on Young Children; and (3) Informal ECE Training Opportunities in California. Individual chapters contain footnotes. (Contains 17 tables and 2 figures.)
RAND Corporation. P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138. Tel: 877-584-8642; Tel: 310-451-7002; Fax: 412-802-4981; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Authoring Institution: RAND Labor and Population
Identifiers - Location: California