Publication Date: November 23, 2016
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
In this important new book, Sharon Lynn Kagan and her colleagues focus on the more than 2 million individuals who care for and educate nearly two thirds of the American children under age 5 participating in nonparental care. Providing the most thorough synthesis of current research on the early care and education teaching workforce to date, the authors address frequently asked questions about teacher quality, teacher effectiveness, and the professional development necessary to achieve both. They conclude with a call for bold changes that would transform the early care and education workforce. Relying on empirical data and overviews of dozens of initiatives and programs that address early care and education teachers, the book provides a broad and deep analysis of issues surrounding the early care and education teaching workforce.
Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families, and Associate Dean for Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. Kristie Kauerz is the Early Childhood/P-3 Policy Director for Colorado Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brien. Kate Tarrant is a doctoral student and graduate research fellow at the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University.
“This book honors Dr. Julius Richmond’s legacy by using his successful model of social change to comprehensively examine the important early care and education workforce issues facing our nation and to offer ambitious recommendations to address them.”
—Sarah M. Greene, President and CEO, National Head Start Association