Career Pathways for Early Childhood Educators: A Policy Brief

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A Series of Briefs from the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center at Child Care Services Association

Introduction

More than ever before, federal, state and local policymakers and the public recognize the need for high-quality, affordable, and accessible child care that depends on an educated, well-compensated early childhood workforce. Likewise, the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® National Center is the hub of a network of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® Initiatives across the country. The Center licenses statewide early childhood non-profit organizations to administer T.E.A.C.H.and/or WAGE$. Through our technical assistance and quality assurance program, we support our state partners and ensure all state projects are accountable, effective and high performing.

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Policy Brief: Career Pathways: Supporting Early Childhood Educators

A career pathway is like a highway with its entry, exit and re-entry ramps, marked by increasing levels of education and experience, each step linked to increasing compensation. For early childhood educators, career pathways include roles working directly with children in programs, positions in coaching, higher education faculty, curriculum development and program administration in government agencies, include direct work with children in classrooms, directors of programs, faculty teaching in early childhood degree programs, curriculum developments, professional development coaches and state and local government administrators of publicly funded programs.

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