ECE Workforce Transformation Initiative Report

Release Date: April 13, 2016

The Early Childhood Education Workforce Transformation Initiative has released their preliminary report.

The Early Childhood Education Workforce Transformation Initiative (ECEWTI) is a partnership of Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), Montgomery Early Learning Centers (MELC), and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) to study the early childhood education sector and develop strategies that will result in a larger, more skilled, and more stable workforce. A generous grant from the William Penn Foundation supported ECEWTI. The full report can be found here.

From the Executive Summary:

While the benefits of quality early childhood education (ECE) are widely known and accepted, the current ECE delivery system is unable to fully realize those benefits for children, families, and society. In spite of recent increases in state funding for Pre-kindergarten and local interest in universal Pre-kindergarten in Philadelphia, there are multiple, complex factors that challenge bringing quality ECE to scale. These include: insufficient public rates of pay to ECE providers; limited public investment in ECE; certified teacher shortages, and; limited teacher effectiveness.