As policymakers and those with influence over policymaking, you are probably well aware that there is a lot of work to do to transform the workforce. This section of the guidebook is intended for anyone at the federal, state, and local level who aims to help children learn and grow by ensuring that educators and other adults who care for them have opportunities and incentives to improve the quality of their work. Existing policies threaten the quality of the workforce, and thus threaten the quality of the education and care that children receive. The system is disjointed, with early learning programs, elementary schools, and educator preparation programs adhering to inconsistent quality standards and different regulations, and sustaining themselves on varying levels of funding.
You can address these and other systemic barriers. But figuring out where to begin is a challenge. In this section of our guidebook, we draw out specific points to help you focus your efforts. You are the ones who can make the report’s vision a reality.
We encourage you to use this section in tandem with the brief published by the National Academies which also synthesizes the Transforming the Workforce report for policymakers. Note that financing and parenting—two crucial factors in developing policies to support young children—are covered in much greater detail in two additional reports from the National Academies Press, one of which is forthcoming in early 2018. Those reports and other related materials can be found in our resources section. Lastly, don't miss our glossary of key terms from the report.