As a field, we have several decades of accumulated research about the early childhood workforce. A reoccurring theme across studies is that early childhood practitioners are not compensated as well as workers with similar qualifications in other occupations. Meager benefits, poor working conditions, low professional standards, and limited support for professional development are some of the additional challenges facing the early childhood workforce. These issues clearly impact recruitment and retention and other concerns that early childhood center directors face. In such a climate, what is the role of the director as an advocate for change? Participants of this session will: 1) assess their own level of advocacy for workforce issues 2) learn what research demonstrates about the advocacy efforts of directors of early care and education on behalf of workforce issues 3) examine common characteristics of directors who are considered exemplary advocates for workforce issues 4) discuss the most important workforce issues for directors of early care and education programs; and 5) identify strategies for directors who are interested in advocating for workforce issues.
- Total clock hours: 2
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