Despite the fundamental importance of early care and education (ECE) practitioners in the lives of young children and their families, the ECE profession is seriously hampered by a shortage of training opportunities to develop and nurture a diverse and well-prepared cadre of leaders. While members of the early learning workforce are strikingly diverse in professional preparation, work place setting, ethnicity, language, and age, the workforce is also stratified by education and job title. Our work focuses on documenting the stratification in the workforce and identifying strategies to successfully reduce it.
Our work related to Advancing Diverse Leaders was developed with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Related to the Advancing Diverse Leaders project:
Leadership in Early Childhood: A Curriculum for Emerging and Established Agents of Change
by Marcy Whitebook and Lea Austin (2009)
We developed this curriculum for use in higher education and community leadership-development efforts. The curriculum was piloted in the Mills College M.A. degree program in Early Childhood Leadership. If you are interested in receiving more information about the curriculum, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Curriculum” in the subject line.
Diversity and Stratification in California’s Early Care and Education Workforce
By Marcy Whitebook, Fran Kipnis & Dan Bellm (2008)
Using data from the California Early Care and Education Workforce Study, this policy brief finds that the ethnic and linguistic diversity of California’s ECE workforce is stratified by educational level and job role–i.e., diversity is disproportionately concentrated in some areas of the field. The brief discusses the implications of these findings for workforce development, higher education, and the ability of ECE programs to address the needs of diverse children and families.
Disparities in California’s Child Care Subsidy System: A Look at Teacher Education, Stability and Diversity
By Marcy Whitebook, Fran Kipnis & Dan Bellm (2007)
Using data from the California Early Care and Education Workforce Study, this policy brief focuses on disparities in staff professional preparation, stability and diversity between licensed child care centers that receive public funding solely through vouchers, and those that receive it through a contract with Head Start or the California Department of Education.