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Powell, Anna; Montoya, Elena; Austin, Lea J. E.; Kim, Yoonjeon; Muruvi, Wanzi; Copeman Petig, Abby – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2023
Early care and education (ECE) programs for children prior to kindergarten in California are provided through a mixed delivery system that includes licensed home- and center-based programs as well as school settings. The requirements, experience, and supports for educators vary widely across settings, depending more on funding sources and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Child Care, Child Care Centers
Anna Powell; Wanzi Muruvi; Lea J. E. Austin; Abby Copeman Petig – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2023
Ventura County is home to approximately 55,000 children under age six, many of whom enroll in early care and education (ECE) programs (KidsData, 2023). The ECE workforce provides vital learning and growth for these children, complex work that demands energy and expertise. Building on the California Early Care and Education Workforce Study…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Labor Force, Young Children
Jenna Knight; Elizabeth Pufall Jones; Yoonjeon Kim – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2023
Stakeholders and advocates in Indiana are committed to advancing strategies that improve ECE services, including workforce preparation and development, to ensure that early educators can meet the complex needs of young children. Critical to these efforts is the establishment of a well-coordinated, comprehensive professional preparation and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Competencies, Student Teaching
Anna Powell; Wanzi Muruvi; Lea J. E. Austin; Abby Copeman Petig – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2023
First 5 Los Angeles County partnered with the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) to explore the state of child care centers and family child care (FCC) providers. As part of the California Early Care and Education Workforce Study, CSCCE conducted surveys in 2020 and 2023 to measure both individual- and site-level factors. In…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Trend Analysis, Child Care, Child Caregivers
Wanzi Muruvi; Anna Powell; Yoonjeon Kim; Abby Copeman Petig; Lea J. E. Austin – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2023
Working with young children is intellectually, emotionally, and physically demanding. These challenges are compounded by the inadequate compensation that characterizes the early care and education (ECE) sector and lack of workplace support such as access to health benefits, retirement plans, and time off (Montoya et al., 2022). The cumulative…
Descriptors: Well Being, Early Childhood Teachers, Child Care, Child Care Centers
Schlieber, Marisa; Knight, Jenna; Adejumo, Tobi; Copeman Petig, Abby; Valencia López, Enrique; Pufall Jones, Elizabeth – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2022
Early educators are the key to quality early care and education (ECE) services, and there is broad consensus that high-quality care and learning environments for young children depend on educators who are skilled at nurturing children's development and learning. Yet, inadequate working conditions and low pay routinely hamper educators in their…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Quality
Kim, Yoonjeon; Montoya, Elena; Austin, Lea J. E.; Powell, Anna; Muruvi, Wanzi – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2022
The early care and education (ECE) system has been under-resourced and undervalued since well before the pandemic. Low pay and poor working environment have long plagued the ECE industry as key drivers of chronic high turnover rates and teacher staffing shortages in the field. Additional disparities within the system place providers on vastly…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Equal Education
Powell, Anna; Chávez, Raúl; Austin, Lea; Montoya, Elena; Kim, Yoonjeon; Copeman Petig, Abby – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2022
This report provides a closer look at the well-being of the early care and education (ECE) workforce in California, using data collected by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) through the 2020 California Early Care and Education Workforce Study. For decades, low levels of public investment in this sector have kept the ECE…
Descriptors: Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Labor Force, COVID-19
Montoya, Elena; Powell, Anna; Austin, Lea J. E.; Kim, Yoonjeon; Muruvi, Wanzi; Petig, Abby Copeman – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2022
California is expanding transitional kindergarten (TK) to become a universal preschool program for all four-year-old children. Upwards of 300,000 children are expected to enroll in universal transitional kindergarten (UTK) by 2025, requiring thousands of additional lead teachers and classroom aides to meet lower student-to-teacher ratio…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teaching Experience, Early Childhood Education
Whitebook, Marcy; Alvarenga, Claudia; Zheutlin, Barbara – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2022
Today, free public kindergarten for five-year-old children is available in every state and community throughout the United States, and public education is routinely referred to as K-12. But kindergarten did not start out this way. Kindergartens in the United States once served children as young as three and four years old. In fact, today's…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Preschool Teachers, Educational History
Hess, Hopeton; Austin, Lea J. E. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2022
Early educators are the best spokespeople about the conditions under which they work and what they need in order to thrive. Policy leaders have much to gain by actively engaging educators in identifying workable solutions to the child care crisis. The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) believes that educators have the right to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Needs, Work Environment
McLean, Caitlin; Austin, Lea J. E.; Whitebook, Marcy; Olson, Krista L. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2021
The "Early Childhood Workforce Index" provides a state-by-state look at policies and conditions affecting the early care and education workforce. This biennial report has tracked state progress since 2016. This third, 2020 edition of the Index continues to track state policies in essential areas like workforce qualifications, work…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Labor Force, Educational Policy, State Policy
Doocy, Sean; Kim, Yoonjeon; Montoya, Elena; Chávez, Raúl – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2021
As California policymakers start to chart a path forward beyond COVID-19, it is important to first understand and reckon with the pandemic's impact on child care programs and individual educators. This research paper presents findings from a survey of 953 California ECE programs and providers in June-July 2020. The results provide an in-depth view…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Child Care, Early Childhood Education
Edwards, Bethany; Coperman Petig, Abby; Austin, Lea J. E. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2021
This report describes the early childhood degree programs offered in Maryland, focusing on variations in program content, age-group focus, student field-based learning, and faculty characteristics, as well as the extent to which Maryland early care and education (ECE) higher education programs are incorporating early math, family engagement, and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs, Student Teaching, Teacher Educators
Edwards, Bethany; Coperman Petig, Abby; Austin, Lea J. E. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2021
Maryland is home to more than 430,000 children under the age of six; 73 percent of these young children have all available parents in the labor force and thus potentially need child care. Stakeholders and advocates in Maryland are committed to advancing strategies that improve early care and education (ECE) services, including workforce…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs, Student Teaching, Teacher Educators
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