- Educators in child care centers
and early education systems outside of public schools are prepared differently
than those teaching in public elementary schools. Neither system is effectively
producing a sufficient number of educators who support young children’s
- Society tends to view working with
younger children as less prestigious work even though the early years are
formative to children’s future success. State qualification requirements and
higher education offerings reflect this.
- State agencies have significant
control over teacher preparation because they oversee higher education programs
and create policies on qualifications, licensure, and funding. Accreditation
standards for programs preparing early childhood educators need to be
strengthened and should be aligned with state regulations.
- The main purpose of professional learning is to improve quality of practice and promote better child outcomes. The type, quality, and accessibility of professional learning is highly varied depending on the setting an educator works in. This is due to differences in state regulations, funding, leadership decisions, time, incentive systems, and more.