We collaborate with many organizations, associations, and government entities as we work to identify how we can improve the compensation and work environments of the early care and education workforce.

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.


Underpaid Early Childhood Professionals: Finding the path to better pay (NAEYC Radio)

Listen to CSCCE’s Marcy Whitebook, Ph.D., interviewed by Mark Ginsberg and Rae Pica on NAEYC Radio.

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State Workforce Studies (NCCIC)

The National Child Care Information Center lists the most recent state workforce studies.

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State-by-State Wage Data (CCW)

The Center for the Child Care Workforce lists the most recent state by state wage data for center-based child care and preschool teachers collected by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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