Early childhood educators and program leaders are key ingredients to quality programming for young learners. The initial preparation and continuous growth and development of the adults in the classroom are essential parts of an aligned and effective system of early education. Research indicates sustained supports are needed to assure that classrooms are staffed by highly qualified adults with commensurate progressions of degrees, certificates and credentials and specialized expertise unique to the birth to grade three continuum.

New! Leadership at ALL Levels – Advancing the Field through Individual and Organizational Leadership

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Author(s): Jana Martella, Tracy Jost, Kafilat Oladiran
Date: October 2018

Leadership development is an on-going process and it involves complex skills and abilities related to establishing vision and direction, providing motivation and guidance, and promoting collaboration within and across agencies and programs. This 3-hour session explores toolkits and resources designed to support knowledge and skill development in individual leaders to enable them successfully build and sustain high quality systems that implement evidence-based practices.

New! Taking Leadership to a New Level: Helping Early Intervention Leaders Adapt to Change and Move Programs and Policies to Success for Young Children

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Author(s): Mary Beth Bruder, Lori Connors-Tadros, Jana Martella, Stacy Kong, Lisa Wasacz
Date: August 2018

This session held during the 2018 Improving Data – Improving Outcomes Summer Data Institute aimed at helping participants better understand the characteristics of a good leader and reflect on their own leadership skills. State experiences and resources were shared that support knowledge and skill development in individual leaders. (August 2018)

Leading for Equity: Ensuring a Competent Workforce that Supports All Children

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Date: June 2017

This presentation discusses the powerful policies needed to lead and drive state efforts to improve the workforce and teaching quality with an equity lens. It explores the question – How can policy leaders identify and remedy disparities throughout the systems they lead so that the workforce is equipped to ensure each child’s learning and development can be optimized? CEELO’s Jana Martella presented with BUILD’s Kate Tarrant, Debi Mathias, and Aisha Ray on June 13th, 2017 at the NAEYC Professional Learning Institute.

CEELO’s Role in Supporting an Extraordinary Professional Workforce for Young Children

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Date: April 2017

This presentation describes CEELO’s role and services in supporting the professional early childhood workforce. CEELO Senior Fellow Jim Squires presented this material during a webinar to the EarlyEdU Alliance, a 35-member consortium of institutions for higher education and 16 state-based teams supporting quality teaching in Head Start and early childhood programs. (Slides | Recording)

Information and Resources to Assist States in Developing Policy on Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros and Jessica Hammond
Date: March 2017

This report includes a review of current research on the impact and prevalence of suspension and expulsion in early childhood programs and a summary of key federal and national policy on suspension and expulsion in early childhood programs. It also provides an overview of emerging state policy, descriptions of effective approaches for prevention, and considerations for states in developing policy in this area.

Qualifications of Kindergarten Teachers

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Date: November 2016

This listserv summary shares responses from state contacts on the NAECS-SDE listserv on requirements for Kindergarten teachers in twelve states. It includes a table that lists responses from states and describes the state’s requirements, along with links to specific state resources and tools are included where applicable.

2016 Roundtable Summary

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Date: August 2016

This summary presents national and state resources shared during the 2016 Roundtable Mobilizing an Exceptional Early Childhood Workforce. Resources include policy briefs, tools, guides, and websites.

Sharpening the Focus: Helping Fine-Tune Policies and Practices to Promote Effective Teaching and Learning in the Early Years

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Date: June 2016

This presentation explores what supports and systems are needed to drive teaching quality that will result in improved outcomes for children and the “powerful and few” core policies are needed to improve teaching quality and result in significant outcomes for children. CEELO’s Jana Martella and Kate Tarrant (BUILD Initiative) presented on June 7th, 2016 at the 2016 NAEYC PDI Conference in Baltimore, MD.

2016 State Policy Learning Table

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Date: May 2016

This learning table supported state teams in addressing one of two areas: credentialing and instructional tools. Resources from the project are available, including state team slides for each session and general resources.

State Pre-K Approved Curricula

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Date: May 2016

This listserv summary provides responses from state contacts on the NAECS-SDE listserv about state-approved curriculum models for pre-K programs in their state. The majority of respondents said the state did not provide an approved curricula list, though many provided some level of guidance around selection. Links to state resources are provided.

Early Childhood Teacher Education Policies: Research Review and State Trends

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Author(s): Diane Schilder
Date: April 2016

This report provides policymakers with a review of published research on ECE workforce education and credentials as well as research on the current status of ECE wages, recruitment and retention challenges, and promising practices. It summarizes trends in state requirements regarding ECE teachers with bachelor’s degrees and specialized certification, licensure, or endorsements of pre-K teachers. The paper includes recommended actions and strategies, based on research and state suggestions, regarding approaches that states can use to recruit and retain teachers with bachelor’s degrees and ECE credentials.

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