The following research reports and policy briefs support our efforts to identify policy solutions that can promote the development of culturally and linguistically diverse early childhood leaders.

Learning Together: A Study of Six B.A. Completion Cohort Programs in Early Care and Education (Year 3 Report)

By Marcy Whitebook, Fran Kipnis, Laura Sakai, and Mirella Almaraz

The Year 3 interviews of the Learning Together study reveal that the vast majority of students successfully graduated from their B.A. cohort program. Year 3 interviews focused on two issues of concern about higher education programs – the practicum experiences for employed students and the adequacy of attention to working with children from linguistically diverse backgrounds. The graduates overwhelmingly reported that their B.A. classes provided them with skills and strategies needed to communicate with children who speak a language other than their own. While the majority of students reported that their practicum experiences helped them do a better job at their workplace, they also identified several areas for improvement. The Year 3 study also reports on the graduates’ perspectives about support at their jobs for ongoing learning and any changes in employment and/or compensation upon completing their degree.

Executive Summary (pdf)

Full Report (pdf)

Read more information about the Learning Together project, or read the Year 1 report, or Year 2 report.

Posted 2011.


Learning Together: A Study of Six B.A. Completion Cohort Programs in Early Care and Education (Year 2 Report)

By Marcy Whitebook, Laura Sakai, Fran Kipnis, Dan Bellm, and Mirella Almaraz

During the Year 2 interviews of the Learning Together study, the students resoundingly reported that the cohort model enabled them to access and succeed in a B.A.-level education in a way that would not otherwise have been possible. The students reported progress in overcoming the challenges described in the Year 1 report, and decreasing their reliance on some of the program supports as they progressed through the program. The students also identified the importance of employer support in successfully pursuing their educational goals.

Download the Year 2 report (pdf)

Read more information about the Learning Together project, or read the Year 1 report or Year 3 report.

Posted 2010.


Beyond Homes and Centers: The Workforce in Three California Early Childhood Infrastructure Organizations

By Marcy Whitebook, Laura Sakai, and Fran Kipnis

In this study we examined the career backgrounds and professional development needs of those working in child care resource and referral programs and local First 5 commissions and as child care coordinators across the state.

We worked closely with these organizations to conduct this study:

» Executive Summary (pdf)
» Full report (pdf)

Posted 2010.


Leadership in Early Childhood: A Curriculum for Emerging and Established Agents of Change

By Marcy Whitebook and Lea Austin

Intended 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 cscceinfo@berkeley.edu. Include “Curriculum” in the subject line.

Posted 2009.


Learning Together: A Study of Six B.A. Completion Cohort Programs in Early Care and Education (Year I Report)

by Marcy Whitebook, Laura Sakai, Fran Kipnis, Mirella Almaraz, Esther Suarez, and Dan Bellm
 
 

 

This report presents the Year 1 findings of the Learning Together study, in which the research team conducted extensive interviews with over 90 percent of the 124 student cohort members, and with 13 administrators and faculty members. The report highlights the striking congruence between the student and institutional perspectives on aspects of the B.A. completion cohort programs that were working well, and on the adjustments or improvements that were still needed.

Download the report (pdf)

Read more information about the Learning Together project, or read the Year 2 report or Year 3 report.

Posted 2008.


Diversity and Stratification in California’s Early Care and Education Workforce

By Marcy Whitebook, Fran Kipnis & Dan Bellm

Using data from the California Early Care and Education Workforce Study, this policy brief finds that the ethnic and linguistic diversity of California’s Early Care and Education (ECE) workforce is stratified by educational level and job role. In other words, 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.

Download the report (pdf)

Posted 2008.


Disparities in California’s Child Care Subsidy System: A Look at Teacher Education, Stability and Diversity

By Marcy Whitebook, Fran Kipnis & Dan Bellm

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.

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Posted 2007.


Chutes or Ladders? Creating Support Services to Help Early Childhood Students Succeed in Higher Education

By Kara Dukakis, Dan Bellm, Natalie Seer, and Yuna Lee

This report looks at the challenges facing the growing number of “non-traditional students,” particularly in the early care and education field. It notes the wide range of supports often needed by these students and spotlights a number of promising efforts to address the many barriers to attainment of BA degrees. The report contains recommendations for institutions of higher education and communities wishing to provide targeted support for early care and education students to improve their success in school and beyond.

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Spanish Version (pdf)

Posted 2007.