We collaborate with many organizations, associations, and government entities as we work to improve how our nation prepares, supports, and rewards the early care and education workforce.

The resources on this page include media articles on the early care and education workforce, links to speeches, lectures and roundtable discussions on workforce issues, relevant research and projects of other groups, and more.

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

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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

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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.


Supporting Teachers as Learners: A Guide for Mentors and Coaches in Early Care and Education

by Marcy Whitebook and Den Bellm, with Diana Schaack (2013)

This book describes the ways in which the mentoring terrain in early care and education has changed over the last two decades, and the multiple contexts in which mentoring now occurs. It offers mentors, coaches, and/or technical assistance providers an effective, activity-based way to reflect on, practice, and sharpen skills for working with early childhood practitioners, and it can be adapted to a wide variety of early care and education settings.

Read more about the book

Posted August 2013.


Developing Coordinated Longitudinal Early Childhood Data Systems: Trends and Opportunities in RTT-ELC Applications

This report, from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative is based on an analysis of state Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge applications – specifically the data section – and identifies key trends among states with respect to their development and use of data systems.

Posted October 2012.


T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® & Child Care WAGE$® National Symposium Keynote

This spring, Dr. Marcy Whitebook gave the keynote presentation, No Single Ingredient, at the annual, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® National Symposium in Greensboro, North Carolina, highlighting how we at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment are developing new tools to address the persistent challenges facing the workforce.

Posted June 2012.