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Rethinking credential requirements in early education: Equity-based strategies for professionalizing a vulnerable workforce

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Apprenticeships could be game changers in early education, frontline healthcare, and other fields where a skilled workforce is essential for reaping the rewards of public investment but where wages remain low and working conditions poor. Awareness of how apprenticeship programs are designed and delivered--and how they differ in key respects from traditional higher education programs--can help policymakers identify opportunities for strategically leveraging them to professionalize workers in critical industry sectors. The aim of this paper is to expand understanding of how apprenticeships could benefit the early education sector. (author abstract)
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