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Realizing the promise of early educator apprenticeships

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Apprenticeships, or “educator residencies,” as we refer to them in Investing in the Birth-to-Three Workforce: A New Vision to Strengthen the Foundation for All Learning, offer a roadmap for rebuilding the workforce at this critical moment with quality and equity at the center. High-quality apprenticeship programs have the potential to serve as the backbone of a national effort to address the supply shock we expect as our economy rebounds. A national system of robust apprenticeship programs could serve as an early childhood educator corps—both rebuilding our supply of care while also ensuring educators at long last receive the high-quality clinical practice and coaching required for the complex task of supporting early brain development. To achieve the intended impact, a high-quality apprenticeship program will require investment of adequate public resources at the federal level along with specific provisions for implementation as outlined below. (author abstract)
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