Workforce studies provide an understanding of the people that make up a particular field—their wages and benefits, education levels, professional development needs, and common barriers and supports to their work. Having effective policy and workplace supports is critical in the ECCE field because research has shown the first five years of life are the most important for a child’s developing brain. With support from the Arkansas Department of Human Services and Good 2 Great, this report is one of two complementary ECCE workforce studies funded to address that need. Our previous report focused specifically on the working lives of instructional staff from their perspective. This report covers the working lives of ECCE administrators, as well as their reporting on the workplace supports their programs offer instructional staff. With these studies, our goal is to establish a baseline understanding of Arkansas’s ECCE workforce that can inform effective policy and target limited resources to where they can create the best outcomes for Arkansan children. (author abstract)
Arkansas workforce study: Program administrators in early childhood care & education [Executive summary]
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