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Early Childhood Workforce Development Research Alliance

Overview

The Early Childhood Workforce Development Research Alliance brings together early childhood leaders from across the region to identify and use evidence to refine programs and policies aimed at increasing early childhood teachers’ degree attainment, credentials, and compensation, and to strengthen professional development plans and activities.


Goals

  • Support workforce development initiatives in the region through evidence-based training, coaching, and applied research.
  • Use research and data to enhance early childhood workforce knowledge and competencies.
  • Develop evidence-based strategies to improve teacher working conditions and compensation, with the goal of retaining a high-quality workforce.

Leads

Kyle DeMeo CookKyle DeMeo Cook
Research Associate
REL Northeast & Islands
kdemeo@edc.org



Brandon FosterBrandon Foster
Research Associate
REL Northeast & Islands
bfoster@edc.org


Projects

REL Northeast & Islands is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to systematically document the breadth and quality of early childhood workforce data collected by the department. The project is also identifying additional data elements from existing data systems that are most aligned with the department’s key priority areas.
Hosted in collaboration with the Vermont Universal PreK Research Partnership, this webinar introduces participants to The Early Childhood Workforce Index, a 2016 report that provides the first comprehensive look at early childhood workforce issues and policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Co-author Dr. Caitlin McLean presents specific findings and implications raised by the report. Following this presentation, Vermont early childhood leaders Melissa Riegel-Garrett and Tierney O’Meara discuss their state’s universal prekindergarten initiative and its implications for the state’s early childhood workforce. View event details.

Members

Name Title Organization State/Territory
Benjamin Allen Director, Instruction and Assessment Vermont Department of Children and Families Vermont
Dee Baecher-Brown President Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands
Jocelyn Bowne Director, Research & Preschool Expansion Grant Administration Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Massachusetts
Dianne Carter Regional Military Child Care Liaison ChildCare Aware of America Vermont
Sherry Cleary Executive Director New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute New York
Jennifer Johnson Director, Quality Improvement Division Connecticut Office of Early Care and Education Connecticut
Sonja Raymond Executive Director Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children Vermont
Lynne Robbins Early Childhood and Afterschool Systems Specialist Vermont Department of Children and Families Vermont
Anna Scarbriel Co-Director Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands