Strategies for retaining a professional early childhood workforce: Two unique approaches from Colorado and Illinois

This session will be held at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute.

This session will explore how Illinois and Colorado used statewide surveys to better understand their workforce needs and vulnerabilities. From the survey data, both states identified challenges related to hiring and retaining staff. The presentation will highlight the data and recommend strategies to mitigate turnover. Strategies shared will focus on developing directors/administrators and wage supplement programs for early childhood professionals. Participants will discuss how the Illinois and Colorado strategies may be applied to their states and localities.

Presented by: Teri Talan | Michael W. Louis Chair
(with co-presenters: Diana Schaack, Catherine Main, Christi Chadwick, and Lucinda Burns)


Date and Time

June 11, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


NAEYC Professional Learning Institute
JW Marriott Austin
Lone Star Ballroom Salons B/C – RDS 200
Austin, TX


Registration cost: See registration site.


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Your local child care resource and referral agency may have scholarship funds available to assist with your registration or tuition costs for this event. Find your local CCR&R.