CSCCE conducts research and policy analysis about early childhood teacher preparation and professional development systems and offers policy recommendations about resources that support successful attainment of higher education, particularly among students who are working parents, members of minority groups, low-income, and/or first-generation college students. Our analyses encompass higher education systems, faculty characteristics and professional development needs, and access to leadership preparation. For projects related to Teacher Preparation & Development, see Higher Education Inventory. See also Teacher Work Environments, for projects related to the ongoing professional learning of early educators.
Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory
The Higher Education Inventory assists policymakers and other stakeholders to develop a more coordinated and comprehensive professional preparation and development system for the early care and education workforce.
Landscape Analysis of the Early Educator Workforce
These three research reports provide a nationwide analysis of trends, gaps, and opportunities facing early educator preparation programs and state competency and compensation policies.
SEIU Early Educator Apprenticeship
This evaluation adds to the growing body of evidence that apprenticeship programs present a promising approach to improving the knowledge, skills, and professional identity of early educators.
Supporting a Diverse, Qualified Early Educator Workforce
The blog explains the gap that exists between our understanding of the skills it takes to educate and care for children in their most critical stage of development and the codified expectations of early educators’ knowledge and abilities.