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Career pathways in early care and education

In this report, we describe our findings from research and discussion with experts on (1) the extent to which ECE career pathways approaches exist currently and the nature of career trajectories within the ECE labor market, (2) barriers to ECE workforce advancement that may inhibit development of career pathways approaches, and (3) promising practices intended to promote ECE workforce advancement (these include strategies to better delineate ECE career trajectories in the labor market as well as a few career pathways program- or system-level initiatives). While our analysis does summarize relevant literature, we did not conduct an exhaustive or formal literature review (i.e. with critiques of existing studies' designs, methodologies, data sources, etc.). We conclude with a section on possible research directions to help the fields of workforce development and evaluation, early care and education, and other stakeholders to better understand the potential for career pathways approaches to promote career advancement for low-wage ECE professionals. (author abstract)
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United States

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