The Commonwealth's brain builders: Virginia Early Childhood Workforce Survey 2017
At the request of the Virginia School Readiness Committee, in the spring and summer of 2017, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, in collaboration with the Virginia Community College System, conducted a survey of early education program administrators and teachers across the Commonwealth. The study was designed to provide information about Virginia's early childhood professionals and professional settings. This was done in order to inform the School Readiness Committee's charge to advance policy recommendations to support a thriving, qualified early childhood workforce, in turn helping the children and families it serves to thrive. Research demonstrates that children's brain development is deeply influenced by the quality of their interaction with adults. Given that nearly 350,000 Virginia children have all parents/guardians in the workforce, for large spans of children's days that interaction is with an early childhood professional. The focus areas of the survey were program administrator and teacher qualifications; wages and benefits; professional development; and staff turnover and retention. (author abstract)
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Virginia Early Childhood Workforce Survey: 2017 executive summary