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Turnover and retention of infant-toddler teachers: Reasons, consequences, and implications for practice and policy

The present study aims to address the issues of teacher turnover and retention for infant-toddler teachers by exploring the reasons underlying teachers' intent to leave and stay, and the consequences of teacher turnover at multiple levels through interviews with 30 teachers. We found teachers' reasons for leaving or staying are often multi-faceted, complicated, and seem to waiver, fluctuating based on their current work situations. The majority of teachers reported teacher turnover had a negative impact for children, families, remaining teachers, and the center. We provide implications for practice and policy to reduce turnover and support the workforce. (author abstract)
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United States

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