ISSUE #4: Early Childhood Workforce

National and state efforts to improve and professionalize the early childhood education workforce show momentum.

National efforts to support the professionalization of the early childhood education workforce continued throughout 2017. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) completed the first year of its two-year Power to the Profession (P2P) initiative. NAEYC and P2P are conducting significant outreach to the field to obtain their feedback on the P2P Taskforce recommendations. Feedback to inform the initiative can be provided in a number of ways accessible via this link: https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/initiatives/profession/decision-cycles. NAEYC also has conducted a significant public survey to measure the public’s support and perception of early childhood education and the workforce.

Several state-level efforts to improve the early childhood workforce bear watching in 2018. Through an effort supported in part by the National Association of School Boards of Education (NASBE), education-related departments in Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, and New York are working to improve early childhood education workforce conditions through state policy changes. The grants are intended to focus on improving workforce quality in four areas: qualifications and licensure, preparation programs, professional development, and compensation.