The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report, HHS and Education Are Taking Steps to Improve Workforce Data and Enhance Worker Quality, GAO-12-248 (February 2012). Based on data from the Census's 2009 American Community Survey (ACS), the report finds that nearly half of all child care teachers and 20% of preschool teachers had only a high school diploma. Average annual incomes were $11,500 for a child care teacher and $18,000 for a preschool teacher. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of full- and part-time ECCE workers — and 61% of full-time workers — earned less than $22,000 per year, slightly below the federal poverty level for a family of four.
The National Academies Press has published a new report, The Early Childhood Care and Education (EDDE) Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities (2012), which explores issues related to defining and describing the ECCE workforce, the marketplace of ECCE, the effects of the workforce on children, the contextual factors that shape the workforce, and opportunities for strengthening ECCE as a profession. It is based on presentations and discussions from a workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council in March 2011. It is available to read full-text online free of charge.
CLASP and the National Women's Law Center has published a new report, A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems ( 2012), which describes the experiences of child care center directors in several states with key QRIS components, including quality standards, monitoring and assessment, and financing and supports. It includes findings on meeting the needs of infants and toddlers, culturally and linguistically diverse children, and children with special needs within QRIS standards. Recommendations for policy-makers from the perspective of child care center directors are also included.
Census numbers for 2010 show that the official child poverty rate in the United States increased for the fourth year in a row. The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published the following updated fact sheets describing the demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic characteristics of young children and their families - highlighting important factors that appear to distinguish low-income and poor children from their less disadvantaged peers.
The New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative has posted a new podcast, Abecedarian Study Tracks Impact from Infancy to Age 30, featuring Craig Ramey, an internationally renowned scholar of early childhood research who created the Abecedarian Project in the 1970s. In the podcast, Ramey discusses findings related to the long-term outcomes for Abecedarian project participants at age 30. Ramey was one of the authors of a related article published on January 16, 2012 in the Developmental Psychology journal.
The Office of Child Care (OCC) and the Office of Head Start (OHS), both part of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children & Families (ACF), recently announced the launch of new Web sites. The new Office of Child Care Web site and the new Office of Head Start Web site will provide the latest OCC and OHS news, stories of those who have participated in Head Start, Early Head Start, and OCC programs, and links to the latest research findings, as well as additional resources.
The International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education (INT-JECSE) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal offering scholarly articles on various issues related to young children with special needs (0-8 age) and their families. The full-text of the December 2011 issue is now available online free of charge.