About the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative focuses on the country system and policy level to support and empower those who work with families and children under age 8 (e.g. home visitors, preschool staff, community health workers), as well as those who supervise and mentor practitioners (e.g. supervisors, mentors and coaches, trainers). This initiative takes a holistic, multi-sectoral approach to bridge gaps in policy and practice and promote high quality, equitable services. This initiative is co-hosted by the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) and Results for Development (R4D) Read more


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Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

Raising preschool teacher salaries and providing high-quality training for preschool teachers improves the outcomes of their students. Why are they preschool teachers still so undervalued and underpaid?

The New York Times Magazine recently took on this issue in an article titled, “Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?” The article focuses on Kejo Kelly, a lead teacher at a preschool center in the Massachusetts, who works long hours for low pay. She is overburdened by extra work due to staff shortages at the preschool center she works for. The article makes poignant and crucial points about the importance of quality in early childhood education, especially for disadvantaged populations.

Read the article here.

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