Reference list of articles and resources that provide data pertaining to the early childhood workforce.
- Black families with babies face economic insecurity and material hardships
- COVID-19 caused disruption in parents’ and babies’ health care, well-being, and early care and education placements
- Black families begin promoting their babies’ racial identity early
Child care teachers benefitted from both face-to-face and remote coaching, a study found. The researchers compared face-to-face and remote coaching models to what they called a “business as usual” model. While they found some advantages of face-to-face coaching for certain teaching behaviors, those “were no longer evident after accounting for teachers’ levels of responsiveness to the intervention.”
A study of children’s oral language development in preschool found that teacher techniques of vocabulary talk and elicitation practices were positively related to children’s language. Researchers found that more beneficial language practices were “used more often in large group settings and in preschools with extensive professional development and coaching support.”
The research involved 99 children in 15 preschool children who were assessed at the beginning and end of a school year. Authors Elizabeth Burke Hadley and Eun Sook Kim of the University of South Florida, and Katherine Mackay Newman of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee noted substantial variation across activity settings and program type, and suggested there exist several leverage points for intervention.
Songs are effective for teaching vocabulary to preschoolers, researchers found. “Teachers can leverage songs to help foster children’s vocabulary knowledge,” they wrote. Songs “provide more contextual support for building deeper word knowledge than can be achieved with picture card instruction alone.”
Fifty-six preschoolers from four classrooms in an urban school district in the U.S. participated in the study. Songs that teachers rhythmically spoke were found to be as effective as those sung, according to authors Jessica Lawson-Adams and David K. Dickinson of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and J. Kayle Donner of the University of Minnesota.
Researchers assessed the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee in order to provide a roadmap for others looking to develop or grow/sustain a similar organization. To seven previously established themes for making an infant and early childhood mental health association strong, they added diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as well as funding.
The first universal preschool program in the U.S. during World War II showed lasting positive impacts for boys, according to researchers who examined data from a landmark national longitudinal study of high school students in 1960.
Preschool funded through the federal WWII Lanham Act not only boosted high school academic outcomes for men but their income 11 years after graduation, the researchers reported. However, preschool had a negative effect on some social emotional outcomes for women in high school, they found. For other outcomes, they said they found no or inconsistent effects.
“The Lanham experience demonstrates that even with the less sophisticated understanding of child development of the early 1940s, the first universal, government-funded preschool program had positive impacts on boys’ outcomes at least through high school,” wrote Taletha M. Derrington and Alison Huang of the American Institutes for Research and Joseph P. Ferrie of Northwestern University.
- The Early Childhood Workforce Index provides a state-by-state look at policies and conditions affecting the early care and education workforce. This biennial report has tracked state progress since 2016.
- The 32nd edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book describes how children across the United States were faring before — and during — the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Early Childhood Policy in Institutions of Higher Education (ECPIHE) initiative seeks to systematize and revolutionize the current programs and services offered in response to national crisis and focus on comprehensive planning with the presence of diverse voices.
- Equity Strategic Plan Template to Advance Equity in Early Care and Education Systems
- Lori Connors-Tadros, a NIEER senior research fellow, discussed the challenges and opportunities created by the pandemic as part of a panel at the National Association of State Boards of Education Early Childhood Summit. Connors-Tadros’ slides deck is available here. Video of the entire session is available here.