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Preschool teacher wages


February 25, 2016 Workforce
Kiya Edwards

– As preschool teachers oversee the development of dozens of kids each day, many are struggling to feed their own families. A 2014 Center for the Study of Child Care Employment report found preschool teachers typically make just $6 an hour more than fast-food workers, and a new report from the National Association for the…

Texas ties pre-K grants to more teacher training or experience


February 5, 2016 Workforce
Julie Chang

Texas school districts will be required to hire teachers with multiple credentials and improve family engagement to qualify for prekindergarten grants from $118 million in newly available state money. The Texas Education Agency  has released proposed rules , effective as early as March 7, that school districts must follow to qualify for the grants promised in  House Bill 4one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature laws  passed in…

Early childhood education program expands course offerings


December 21, 2015 Workforce
Nancy Olson

At the Windham Regional Career Center

Preschool programs face challenge of preparing staff to teach English learners


December 11, 2015 English Language LearnersOutcomesWorkforce
Sarah Tully

About half of the children in the two largest public preschool programs in California – Head Start and the California State Preschool Program – speak a language other than English at home, but there is a good chance they will not be in classrooms with teachers and teacher assistants who are bilingual or trained specifically…

Top 5 in Early Childhood From 2015


December 11, 2015 AccessOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and TargetedWorkforce
Sara Mead

2015 brought a spotlight and big changes to the way we think about early childhood education.

The teachers who educate our youngest kids are struggling to make ends meet


December 8, 2015 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalWorkforce
Rebecca Klein

Most voters agree that we need to pay preschool teachers more.

Childcare workers make 40% less than the nationwide median wage


November 10, 2015 Economics and FinanceOutcomesWorkforce
Michelle Chen

Earning hourly wages of about $10.30, many childcare workers can't afford the service they provide—and now they're joining the movement for a living wage.

Americans pay more to train dogs than for child care


November 5, 2015 Workforce
Aimee Picchi

LiAnne Flakes, 40, has worked in the child care industry for 22 years, and after all that time she says she still can’t afford health insurance and struggles at times to buy groceries. “I’ve been taking care of other families, making sure their needs are met, but you can’t even take care of your own…

State looks to meet demand for early educators with specialized training


October 22, 2015 Workforce
Kalyn Belsha

In recent years, early education in Illinois has become more exacting, with a more highly trained workforce. In 2013, the state won a four-year, $52.5 million grant through the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge that helped usher in new early learning standards that align with the more challenging K-12 Common Core State…

Study: As CA preschool options expand, quality of teachers needs improving


September 29, 2015 Workforce
Deepa Fernandes

With the state moving to expand preschool options for 3 and 4-year-olds, a new study is questioning whether California has a workforce that is qualified to teach all of its earliest learners.