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.
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 relevant research and projects of other groups, media articles on the early care and education workforce, links to speeches, lectures and roundtable discussions on workforce issues, and more.
Preschool Teaching at a Crossroads
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted May 2012.
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Dr. Diana Schaack, researcher at CSCCE, with co-authors Drs. Kate Tarrant, Kim Boller, and Kathryn Tout wrote a chapter Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Alternative Approaches to Understanding their Impact on the Early Learning System for the recently published, Early Childhood Systems: Transforming Early Learning, edited by Drs. S. Lynn Kagan and Kristie Kauerz. The chapter describes conceptual frameworks and benchmarks for evaluating the impact of QRIS in bringing alignment to state early learning systems. The book is available through Teacher’s College Press.
Posted May 2012.
Caring for Rosie the Riveter’s Kids
CSCCE founder and director, Dr. Marcy Whitebook recently reviewed the Demanding Child Care: Women’s Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940-1971 by Natalie M. Foueskis for the May/June 2012 issue of Women’s Review of Books. In Caring for Rosie the Riveter’s Kids, Whitebook summarizes Fousekis’ account of the role of mothers, early childhood educators and other activists in securing and fighting to save publicly funded child care during and post WWII. Whitebook calls attention to the current absence of a broad-based movement for child care so critical to securing services in the past. The book is also available through the University of Illinois Press.
Posted May 2012.
Lost & Found
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
– George Santayana
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
– Maya Angelou
Envisioning how to transform the ECE system requires considering the ways in which the field’s history has shaped how the current system is organized.
The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment has acquired a vast collection of historical early care and education documents spanning the 20th century. Over the next year, we will be culling our archives and converting a range of records into online resources to share the field’s rich history with readers. It is our hope that sharing these records, along with our ECE Policy Quiz, will stimulate your desire to engage in more intentional learning about the ECE system and the advocacy and organizing efforts over the last century.
If you have records that have been converted to an electronic format and would like them to be considered for our site, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back periodically for new additions to this page.
Who Cares for the Children?
A slide show produced in 1980 by Parents and Workers United for Child Care, a group comprised of local child care teachers and parents in the San Francisco Bay Area advocating for more services to meet the unmet demand for child care among working parents and better wages for child care teachers. It provides a brief history of the struggle for adequate child care services in the United States beginning in the early 20th century. Many of the problems identified in 1980 remain unaddressed today, underscoring the ongoing need for change agents willing to challenge the status quo and transform the current system to one that better meets the needs of all children, families and practitioners. Explore how practitioners and parents were discussing these issues with the community.
Posted March 2012.