Child Care Services Association hoped to learn how the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds were used to support the early childhood workforce. This issue brief, Addressing the Early Childhood Workforce Crisis through Stabilization Grants, and the case studies were developed through interviews with child care providers. They provide a snapshot of the effects on child care programs in the early months of the Stabilization Grants.
In the last year, the country has faced two pandemics: the pandemic of the coronavirus and the pandemic of systemic racism. Both have impacted children, families, and the early childhood workforce.
Research shows that the quality of early care and education children receive is lowered by high turnover rates and inadequate teacher education focused on young children’s development and learning. Parents also suffer from instability in early childhood programs.
Every child in an early childhood setting should have a teacher with specialized education to promote that child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development and who prepares them for success in school and in life.
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…