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Retaining early childhood teachers in Colorado: Factors that predict teacher turnover, retention, and well-being
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

This research brief will explore the following questions: 1. What strategies are being used in a sample of ECE centers in Colorado to retain teachers? 2. What personal, workplace, and policy factors are associated with teacher turnover and the retention of qualified teachers? 3. What personal, workplace, and policy factors are associated with teachers' intentions to stay in or leave their jobs over the next two to three years? 4. What personal, workplace, and policy factors are associated with teachers' occupational burnout and depression? (author abstract)

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September, 2017

The work lives of family child care providers in Colorado: Factors associated with provider job intentions and well-being
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

The purpose of this research brief is to explore the job perceptions, occupational burnout, depression, and job intentions among a sample of family child care providers in Colorado. Specifically, this brief addresses the following research questions: 1. What motivates family child care providers to stay in their jobs? 2. What are family child care providers' most significant job frustrations? 3. What are family child care providers' levels of occupational burnout and depression? What personal, workplace, and policy factors predict their occupational burnout and depression? 4. What percentage of family child care providers intend to leave their jobs within the next two to three years? What personal, workplace, and policy factors predict providers' intention to leave their jobs? (author abstract)

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September, 2017

Work environments and well-being among early childhood teachers in Colorado
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

The purpose of this research brief is to explore the job perceptions and occupational burnout among a sample of early childhood teachers in Colorado. Specifically, this brief addresses the following research questions: 1. How do teachers perceive their work environments? 2. What are teachers' job frustrations? 3. What motivates teachers to stay in their jobs? 4. What are teachers' levels of occupational burnout and depression? (author abstract)

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September, 2017

Coming and going: Turnover and job instability in Colorado's early care and education centers
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

The purpose of this research brief is to understand staff turnover in a sample of center and public-school-based ECE programs in Colorado. This brief specifically addresses the following research questions: 1. What are annual staff turnover rates by job role, service sector, and profit status in a sample of ECE centers across Colorado? 2. When teachers leave, where do they go? 3. What percentage of teachers and center directors intend to leave their jobs? 4. What is the impact of teacher turnover, from the perspective of center directors? (author abstract)

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September, 2017

At the heart of the matter: The compensation of Colorado's early educator workforce
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

The purpose of this research brief is to explore the compensation and economic well-being of a sample of early educators in Colorado. Specifically, this brief addresses the following research questions: 1. What are the hourly wages of early educators in Colorado? How do they vary by ECE service sector, age groups served, and educational attainment? 2. What benefits do early educators working in community-based settings receive? 3. What percent of early educators receive public subsidies? 4. How do early educators perceive their economic well-being? (author abstract)

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September, 2017

Supporting the educational attainment and professional development needs of Colorado's early educator workforce
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

The purpose of this research brief is to understand the professional development needs of Colorado's early educator workforce. Specifically this research brief will address the following questions: 1. In what areas do early educators feel prepared and underprepared to meet the development and learning needs of Colorado's youngest children? 2. What barriers do early educators experience in accessing in-service professional development? 3. What percentage of early educators wants to continue their education, and what supports do they perceive they would need to do so successfully? (author abstract)

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September, 2017

Who is Colorado's early educator workforce?: Demographic and educational characteristics
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

This research brief has been designed to better understand Colorado's early educator workforce. Specifically it addresses the following research questions: 1. What are the demographic characteristics of a sample of early educators in Colorado? 2. What percentage of teachers and family child care providers report speaking the same languages as the children in their classrooms or family child care homes? What are the unmet language needs? 3. What are the education levels of early educators in the sample, and how do they vary by position, age group served, and service sector? 4. Do ECE programs and family child care homes that serve children living in poverty operate their programs with more highly-educated staff? (author abstract)

Fact Sheets & Briefs

September, 2017

Colorado Early Childhood Workforce Survey 2017 final report
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

This introduction presents the purpose of and research questions for a study of Colorado's early childhood workforce, as well as the procedures, instruments, methods, and sample for the Colorado Early Childhood Workforce Survey.

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2017

Key findings
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

Over 4,700 teachers, directors, and family child care providers across Colorado were surveyed on their professional and workplace characteristics. Key findings from the survey include the following. (author abstract)

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September, 2017

Colorado Early Childhood Workforce Survey 2017: Executive summary
Schaack, Diana; Le, Vi-Nhuan;

As part of the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado project, this study was designed to identify the strengths, gaps, and unmet needs in the workforce to help inform workforce recruitment, retention, and professional development efforts. This study surveyed 4,223 directors, assistant directors, teachers, and assistant teachers who worked in community-based ECE centers, Head Start centers, and public school-based ECE classrooms throughout Colorado serving children birth through five, and surveyed 496 family child care providers who provided home-based ECE services. This study sought to describe their basic demographic, educational, and workplace characteristics, to identify the barriers they experienced in accessing professional development and higher education, and to understand the personal, workplace, and policy factors associated with job turnover and early educator well-being. (author abstract)

Executive Summary

Economic Stress Scale
Conger, Rand; Conger, Katherine J.; Elder, Glen H.; Lorenz, Frederick O. (Frederick Oscar); Simons, Ronald L.; Whitbeck, Les B.;

Instruments

June, 1992

Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale
Radloff, Lenore S.

Instruments

1977