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Early childhood workforce: Career pathway goals and strategies for developing, improving, and evaluating higher education articulation agreements

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As the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council report Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation (2015) has noted, the work of educating young children is complex and “just when children would benefit most from high-quality experiences that build on each other consistently over time, the systems with which they interact are fragmented” (p. 1). That fragmentation can become evident during work on early education career pathways and related articulation agreements. The report offers two recommendations that can guide this work. Recommendation 1: Strengthen competency-based qualification requirements for all care and education professionals working with children from birth through age 8. Recommendation 2: Develop and implement comprehensive pathways and multiyear timelines at the individual, institutional, and policy levels for transitioning to a minimum bachelor’s degree qualification requirement, with specialized knowledge and competencies, for all lead educators working with children from birth through age 8. (Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, 2015, p. 6). (author abstract)

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