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New calculator lets states estimate costs of ECE workforce improvements

A new calculator aims to help states and other early care and education (ECE) stakeholders determine the funds needed to increase educational qualifications of their ECE workforces. The calculator allows users to enter goals and estimates the costs to increase the educational qualifications of the current workforce, drawing on either state-provided or publicly available data.

It’s critical to use data to drive decision making, especially as states grapple to support and rebuild the ECE workforce following the COVID-19 pandemic. Although state leaders will need to consider many factors when determining how best to increase ECE workforce qualifications, this calculator can serve as a starting point for that work.

The well-being of the ECE workforce in Arkansas varies by region and urbanicity

New Child Trends research finds that Arkansas early care and education (ECE) teachers’ and caregivers’ likelihood of attaining an ECE credential varies significantly based on the region or urbanicity of the area in which they work, as does their risk of depression and their perceptions of decision-making power at their workplaces.

Child Trends researchers emphasize the importance of implementation research in new book

We are proud to announce that our very own Tamara Halle (senior scholar in early childhood development) is a contributing author to a new book from the Foundation for Child Development. Getting it Right: Using Implementation Research to Improve Outcomes in Early Care and Education provides insights into the value of including implementation research in the study of early care and education interventions and its potential to improve programs and policies and achieve stronger outcomes for all young children.
On Tuesday, June 30, at 2:30pm ET, Dr. Halle will join a webinar releasing the book to discuss her chapter. RSVP here.

Child Trends scholars receive prestigious honors

Child Trends is thrilled to announce that senior research analyst Esther Gross has been selected for the 2020 cohort of the American Express NGen Fellows program. This selective fellowship program is part of Independent Sector’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now initiative and focuses on building the next generation of charitable leaders.

Esther joins a growing number of award-winning Child Trends experts, including Kristen Harper, who is a member of the 2019-2021 class of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellows; Bonnie Solomon, who was selected as a 2020 Young Scholar by the Foundation for Child Development; and Kristin Anderson Moore, who received the 2018 Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology from the American Sociological Association.
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