January 31, 2023 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Child Care Workforce Crisis: Covering Efforts to Put Out the ‘Five-Alarm Fire’

Learn about the early childhood education workforce and what's being done to address challenges. Plus, understand how staffing shortages and program quality affect children.

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Poverty-level wages and alarmingly high turnover rates are endemic to the child care workforce. Experts refer to the ongoing staffing shortage in early childhood education as a “five-alarm fire” because it has reached such crisis proportions.

To help journalists understand the links between K-12 or higher education coverage and early childhood education issues, the Education Writers Association will hold a webinar on the early childhood educator pipeline, Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Experts will weigh in on teacher development and preparation and innovative pathways to credentialing and licensure. They also will highlight other training programs that help recruit both new talent from high school and college settings, and existing talent with practical experience under their belts from early childhood settings. 

Gain valuable insights on the current state of the early childhood education workforce and efforts to rebuild the pipeline for future child care professionals. Learn how the availability and quality of child care impacts a child’s readiness for school and long-term academic success.

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