The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center specializes in creating a professional, educated and fairly compensated early childhood education workforce.


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Creating Equity for and within the Early Childhood Workforce: A Policy Brief
In the last year, the country has faced two pandemics: the pandemic of the coronavirus and the pandemic of systemic racism. Both have impacted children, families, and the early childhood workforce. While the COVID-19 pandemic may be on the wane, …
Retaining Educated Early Childhood Educators: A Policy Brief
Research shows that the quality of early care and education children receive is lowered by high turnover rates and inadequate teacher education focused on young children’s development and learning. Parents also suffer from instability in early childhood programs. Read the …
Higher Education and the Early Childhood Workforce: A Policy Brief
Policy Brief: Affordability, Accessibility, Support and Compensation: Higher Education and the Early Childhood Workforce Every child in an early childhood setting should have a teacher with specialized education to promote that child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development and who …
Career Pathways for Early Childhood Educators: A Policy Brief
A Series of Briefs from the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center at Child Care Services Association Introduction More than ever before, federal, state and local policymakers and the public recognize the need for high-quality, affordable, and accessible child care that …
A Letter to Early Education Workforce Advocates during Teacher Appreciation Week
Dear Early Education Workforce Advocates, More than a year has gone by since our country started to feel and acknowledge the impact of COVID-19. I have heard and used the word “unprecedented” more times than I can remember or count. …

Step Up to T.E.A.C.H. and Step Up to WAGE$

Step Up to T.E.A.C.H. and Step Up to WAGE$ demonstration programs are a new opportunity for states that have an interest in supporting the workforce through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to implement a short-to-long term early childhood workforce stabilization strategy.

Bring Step Up to T.E.A.C.H. to Your State

An “off-the-shelf” program to immediately turn ARPA funds into educational scholarships for early care professionals and those who perform specialized functions in the early care system.

Bring Step Up to WAGE$ to Your State

An “off-the-shelf” program to immediately turn ARPA funds into education-based salary supplements into the hands of deserving early educators.