In a previous blog, National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is the resource I want to share with my colleagues at http://www.nbcdi.org. We have discussed quality, so I decided to search the NBCDI website for information on that topic. What I found was interesting (http://teach.nbcdi.org/about ) and compelled me to search other suggested links.
In 1990, Child Care Services Association created the T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood Project. This project was created to address the issues of under-education, poor compensation and high-turnover within the early childhood workforce. I learned the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Project gives scholarships to child care workers to complete course work in Early Childhood Education and to increase their compensation.
T.E.A.C.H. is built on four components:
Education: T.E.A.C.H. helps participants to earn a required number of college credit hours in early childhood education each year.
Scholarship: T.E.A.C.H. offers counseling and financial support to pay for college courses and fees, books, travel and time away from work.
Compensation: T.E.A.C.H. recipients earn a compensation bonus or raise after successful completion of a year of education.
Committment: T.E.A.C.H. recipients agree to continue their service as a child care professional in their current early care and education setting.
Having these components to rely on helps programs improve the quality of their staff which improves the quality of the program.
The website provides information on eligibility, scholarships available, forms to complete, presentations, FAQs, resources and contact information. It also has a link to http://www.childcareservices.org which addresses affordability,accessibility and high quality child care for all young children.
There is a newsletter called T.E.A.C. H. Speaks, which includes a list of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood states and other links. Those links are as follows:
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment: http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce This website provides information on Access to education, rewarding environments, workforce data and leadership development.
National Registry Alliance: http://www.registryalliance.org There is a policy brief on this website titled "Degreesin Context: Asking the Right Questions About Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children
National Child Care Resource & Referral Association: http://www.naccrra.org The Mission of NACCRRA is to promote national policies and partnerships to advance the development and learning of all children and provide vision, leadership and support to community child care resource and referral.
The new information I gleaned from the NBCDI links was the existence of 3 early childhood workforce data systems in the United States. The 3 database systems are: early childhoodeducation (ECE) workforce registries, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood and NACCRRAWaRE/T-TAM used by child care resource and referral agencies across the nation. I also learned that all the states, except for 2, and Washington D.C. use these systems and that half of the states use more than one of the systems. All 3 systems collect similar ECE workforce information and that each system was developed for particular program purposes. These programs are independent of each other which complicates efforts to align the system within and across states.