More than Teachers

The Early Care and Education Workforce

Dr. Marcy Whitebook and Dr. Sharon Ryan, Associate Dean of the School of Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, contributed a chapter to the Handbook of Early Childhood Education edited by Drs. Robert Pianta, W. Steven Barnett, Laura Justice, and Susan Sheridan.

Their chapter, “More than Teachers: The Early Care and Education Workforce,” describes what is known about the characteristics, work environments and practices of early childhood practitioners working directly with children each day and those who support them beyond the classroom door, and what the research suggests about their ability to provide high quality preschool programs. The book is available through Guilford Press.