The resources on this page include CSCCE announcements, media articles on the early care and education workforce, and links to speeches and lectures by CSCCE staff.

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

On August 15th, CSCCE Specialist, Lea J.E. Austin, presented The State of California Early Childhood Higher Education: Informing a Coordinated and Comprehensive Professional Development System to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  New legislation requires the CTC to undertake a review of the Child Development Permit Matrix and assess the appropriate preparation standards for early childhood educators, including Transitional Kindergarten teachers. The CTC approved the formation of a panel to undertake this review in the coming year. You can download the PowerPoint presentation here.

Posted August 2014.


An Opportunity for Alignment: Rethinking QRIS as part of Education Accountability

On July 25, 2014 at the QRIS National Meeting, CSCCE Director, Dr. Marcy Whitebook, delivered remarks during the plenary session, An Opportunity for Alignment: Rethinking QRIS as part of Education Accountability. In her remarks, Dr. Whitebook draws attention to three areas that are too often left out of the discussion of quality improvement in the ECE community: compensation, workplace supports and teacher voice. Read her remarks here.

Posted August 2014.


Assessing What Teachers Need to Help Children Succeed

CSCCE Announces Commitment to Action at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) Meeting

On June 25th, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) announced our Commitment to Action, Assessing What Teachers Need to Help Children Succeed, at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting. This represents a two-year commitment to expand the use of, and scale up our online tool, Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning (SEQUAL) and accompanying services and training resources.

SEQUAL plays a critical role in informing quality improvement strategies as it gathers teaching staff perspectives about quality improvement by addressing five critical areas of teachers’ learning environments: teaching supports, learning opportunities, policies and practices that support teaching staff initiative and teamwork, adult well-being, and how supervisors interact with staff to support their teaching practice. Just as children’s environments can support or impede their learning, work environments promote or hinder teachers’ practice and ongoing skill development.

CSCCE Specialist, Lea Austin, marks Committment to Action with Former President Bill Clinton (Photographer: Clinton Global Initiative)

Contact us to find out more about SEQUAL and how you can be a partner in this Commitment to Action, cscceinfo@berkeely.edu.


About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,900 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.


About CGI America

Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America)—an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation—addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since the first meeting in 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 300 commitments valued at more than $15.3 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.

Posted August 2014.


Mentors as Teachers, Learners, and Leaders

In this article, which appeared in the July/August 2014 edition of Exchange Magazine, Marcy Whitebook and co-author Dan Bellm, discuss three aspects of mentoring – mentors as teachers, mentors and learners, and mentors as leaders – that are essential for developing a skilled corps of mentors who are responsible for helping early childhood teachers improve their practice. The article includes a discussion of the supports that mentors need to help them develop and improve their effectiveness as mentors, as well as a discussion of the unique leadership role a mentor has in the field as someone is sits at the nexus of policy and practice.

Mentors as Teachers, Learners, and Leaders

Copyright © Exchange Press, Inc. Reprinted with permission from Exchange magazine. All rights reserved. Access Exchange Magazine at www.ChildCareExchange.com or call (800) 221-2864.

Posted July 2014.


Teachstone Blog: “Adult Learning Environments & Teacher Practice”

Marcy Whitebook was a featured writer for Interaction Matters: The Teachstone Blog. The piece, Adult Learning Environments & Teacher Practice, was posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014.

Click here to read her article.

Posted April 2014.


Science of Children: Perspectives on the Workforce for Birth through 8

The National Academy of Sciences: Institute of Medicine held a public session in Washington D.C. on February 28th, 2014 to get input from stakeholders in Early Childhood Education. Marcy Whitebook participated on the second panel to discuss issues related to the ECE workforce.

Click here to watch the panel discussion.

Click here to watch the Q&A with the audience.

Posted March 2014.


The Debate About Paying for Preschool is a Debate About Income Inequality

In a letter to the editor, published by the New York Times on 2/5/14, Marcy Whitebook discusses the link between early education jobs and income inequality.

Posted February 2014.


Preschool Teaching at a Crossroads

In this article, published in the July 2013 issue of the Upjohn Institute’s Employment Research newsletter, Dr. Whitebook discussed the policy struggles of seeking better pay and status for the early childhood workforce, and the continued consequences for maintaining the status quo.

Posted September 2013.


Rights, Raises, and Respect for Early Childhood Teachers: A Four-Decade Perspective

In this article, which appeared in the July/August 2013 edition of Exchange Magazine, Marcy Whitebook and co-author Rory Darrah, both of whom began their careers as teachers, reflect on the work of achieving rights, raises, and respect for early educators, which has been the organizing principle of their work lives for more than 40 years.

Rights, Raises, and Respect for Early Childhood Teachers: A Four-Decade Perspective

Copyright © Exchange Press, Inc. Reprinted with permission from Exchange magazine. All rights reserved. Access Exchange Magazine at www.ChildCareExchange.com or call (800) 221-2864.

Posted September 2013.


No Single Ingredient for Quality Improvement

In March, 2013, CSCCE Director, Dr. Marcy Whitebook, delivered two presentations at the National Center for Research on Early Child Education’s Quality Improvement Meeting.

In both Taking Stock: The Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory and Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning in Early Childhood Settings Marcy discusses the complex interaction among early childhood teacher preparation programs, early care and education workplace environments, and assistance for ongoing teacher learning. She presented new tools developed by the CSCCE to inform policy development and quality improvement planning: the Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory, a tool to better understand the early childhood higher education landscape; and SEQUAL, a tool to assess teacher’s work environments.


Posted August 2013.