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REL Mid-Atlantic Event: Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education with a Highly-Qualified Workforce: Findings from the National Academies Panel Report and Potential Steps for States
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August 15, 2018

Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm ET

Location: Virtual

Description: Increasing the qualifications and skills of the early care and education workforce is a pressing policy concern. Educational qualifications for early care and education teachers vary within and across states. Early care and education is funded by several different private and public sources, with different eligibility requirements and quality standards. During the webinar, panelists will discuss the findings from the recent report, Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education which builds on key recommendations in the earlier report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8. They will explore recommendations for financing a highly-qualified early care and education workforce; ensuring affordability and access to high quality for all families; ensuring high quality across early care and education settings; and supporting systems for evaluation and continuous improvement. They will also discuss next steps for states and cities seeking to support and finance early care and education systems with a highly-qualified workforce.

Partnership or Research Alliance: Strengthening the early education continnuum

Audience: The primary audience for the event includes policymakers and staff working in state and local agencies who have responsibility for administering or regulating early care and education programs that support children’s learning from birth through age 8, including state child care, quality rating and improvement systems, and pre-kindergarten administrators.

Speakers: Nikki Aikens, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
Kathy Glazer, President, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
Harriet Dichter, Fellow, ICF

Report Citation: Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. (2015). Transforming the workforce for children birth through age 8: A unifying foundation. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. doi:

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2018). Transforming the financing of early care and education. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. doi:

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