Well-trained and educated early care and education teachers and providers are likely to establish warm and caring relationships with children, encourage their curiosity and love of learning, and foster their development and readiness for school.
Unfortunately, many teachers and providers lack access to the education they need, and many work in environments that inadequately support the ongoing professional development they need to help children succeed.
Effective teaching of young children requires dedicated and expanded public funding to improve higher education and professional development opportunities for the early care and education workforce. To achieve this goal, CSCCE recommends that states:
- Lead efforts to revamp the content and structure of higher education and professional development opportunities for the early care and education workforce.
- Support institutions of higher education in expanding services and removing barriers to degree access and completion, especially for non-traditional students.
- Invest in policies and initiatives that support ongoing, on-the-job learning and professional development.
Download our full policy recommendations on Access to Effective Education and Professional Development.