The NGA Center for Best Practices’ Education Division provides information on best practices in early childhood, elementary and secondary, and postsecondary education, including teacher quality, high school redesign, reading, access to and success in postsecondary education, extra learning opportunities, and school readiness.
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.
State Workforce Studies (NCCIC)
The National Child Care Information Center lists the most recent state workforce studies.
Losing Ground in Early Childhood Education: Declining Workforce Qualifications in an Expanding Industry, 1979-2004
By Stephen Herzenberg, Mark Price, and David Bradley (2005)
This report prompted our Roots of Decline: How Government Policy Has De-Educated Teachers of Young Children policy analysis.
Worthy Work, Unlivable Wages: The National Child Care Staffing Study, 1988-1997
By Marcy Whitebook, Deborah Phillips, and Carollee Howes (1998)
In 1997, nine years after the original National Child Care Staffing Study, the Center for the Childcare Workforce interviewed directors at the centers still in operation to assess changes in wages, benefits and turnover; whether increases in public investment for child care have benefited the child care workforce; and the extent to which former welfare recipients are employed in center-based child care.
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Who’s Missing at the Table? Leadership Opportunities and Barriers for Teachers and Providers
By Marcy Whitebook (1997), first published in S.L. Kagan and B.T. Bowman (Eds.), Leadership in early care and education. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
This paper describes the author’s perspective on leadership within the early care and education field. Although written and published more than 10 years ago, the issues presented, remarkably and unfortunately, still remain salient to the field’s current challenges in developing and cultivating diverse leaders.
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Posted July 2010. Tagged as Report.