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Do politicians love kids?

November 19, 2014 Workforce
Nicholas Kristof

We Americans love children. Indeed, we love them so much that, on average, child care workers earn almost as much per hour ($10.33) as workers who care for animals ($10.82),according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley. We love them so much that only 38 percent of American 3-year-olds are enrolled in education…

Study: Early childcare workers aren’t adequately compensated

November 18, 2014 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Christine Stuart

Twenty-five years after the first National Child Care Staffing Study, a new studyfound that not much has changed. The study found those who work as preschool teachers have fared somewhat better, as their wages have increased 15 percent since 1997. However, childcare workers still earn less than adults who take care of animals and barely more than…

Teacher shortage leads Head Start to rethink requirements

November 1, 2014 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalWorkforce
Malcolm Hall

A few years ago, those overseeing the local Head Start program urged teachers to get a bachelor's degree with the goal of upgrading the program. Now, Stark County Community Action Agency officials find themselves facing staffing challenges. Consequently,

Only 2 percent of pre-school teachers are men. Here’s why.

October 31, 2014 Workforce
New Republic

Peters is part of the small cohort of males teaching pre-school nationally; in fact, barely 2 percent of early education teachers are men, according to 2012 labor statistics. And with universal pre-K taking center stage in our country’s most populous city, the absence of male influence at this stage of development is getting increased scrutiny. Steven Antonelli, currently…

Record-breaking vocabulary lesson highlights preschool

October 30, 2014 OutcomesWorkforce
Scott Elliott

Indianapolis preschools learn words at PNC-sponsored event that was the world's largest

What it’s like to graduate from college with the lowest-paying major

October 6, 2014 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Danielle Paquette

Not everyone can afford to be a preschool teacher. A college degree, in any major, significantly increases your lifetime earning potential, the study found. Some do more than others. But all do more than Calfee’s.The Hamilton Project researchers analyzed career earnings for 80 undergraduate majors from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and found that, at…

Children’s Learning Institute to improve school readiness by studying different instructional approaches

August 6, 2014 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
The Observer (Texas)

A total of $7 million in grants received by the Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will fund projects to compare the effectiveness of different instructional approaches and learning environments in order to improve the school readiness skills of at-risk preschool children.

A parent answering a call for pre-k teachers goes back to work (and school)

July 20, 2014 Workforce
Rachel L. Swarns

In the fall, Ms. Martino will join the army of new teachers — as many as 1,000 in all — who will lead classrooms across the city as Mayor Bill de Blasio rolls out the first phase of his universal prekindergarten program. This will be Ms. Martino’s first preschool classroom and her first full-time job after…

Early childhood care and education students could be eligible for over $1000 in grant funds

July 14, 2014 State & LocalWorkforce
Valdosta Today

Governor Nathan Deal has announced that individuals who further their education in early childhood care from eligible colleges between January 1, 2014 and July 1, 2017 could receive a financial award. This new program from the Governor and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning includes approved Early Childhood Care and Education programs at…

UM launches Early Childhood Education curriculum

June 11, 2014 State & LocalWorkforce
Andrew Mark Abernathy

To meet the demand for qualified pre-K teachers across the state, a new curriculum offered by the University of Mississippi allows students to specialize in early childhood education and obtain a license endorsement in the field from the  Mississippi Department of Education . . . According to the  National Institute for Early Education Research , many studies show quality preschool programs can produce long-term gains…