Building a Skilled Teacher Workforce: Shared and Divergent Challenges in Early Care and Education and in Grades K-12

September 1, 2014


Marcy Whitebook

In this paper Marcy Whitebook identifies the unique personnel-related opportunities and challenges the early childhood education sector faces, and describes how these differ from those encountered in grades K-12. Whitebook concludes that the four cornerstones of a sturdy early childhood personnel structure--human capital development, the professional development infrastructure, the teaching context, and system finance--call out for bold vision, creative approaches, and sustained investment. Additionally, she highlights the importance of offering early care personnel high salaries as a deterrent to staff turnover. 

APA Citation: 

Whitebook, M. (2014). Building a skilled teacher workforce: Shared and divergent challenges in early care and education and in grades K-12. Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.


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