Research Report

Promising Models for Preparing a Diverse, High-Quality Early Childhood Workforce

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Madelyn Gardner, Hanna Melnick, Beth Meloy, and Jessica Barajas
December 2019 | Learning Policy Institute
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This report shares the findings of  research conducted by the Learning Policy Institute, offering  practitioners and policymakers an opportunity to learn from promising programs that recruit and prepare racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse cohorts of educators to teach in programs serving children birth to age 5. The report describes three promising programs that recruit and prepare diverse cohorts of educators through innovative, affordable pathways in California—a state that is actively considering investments to further develop its ECE workforce. Building on insights from policies enacted at scale in New Jersey that supported similar initiatives, the research  provides recommendations for policies to better support the ECE workforce and strengthen early learning systems in California and nationally.

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