New York Times Piece and Responses

The New York Times: Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

Many preschool teachers live on the edge of financial ruin. Would improving their training — and their pay — improve outcomes for their students? (1/9/2018)

Bellwether Education Partners: What We Can — and Can’t — Learn From New Jersey to Improve Pre–K Teacher Training and Pay

A recent New York Times Magazine article looks at some of the challenges facing early childhood teachers and the debate over whether or not policymakers should raise education requirements for them. (1/17/2018)

New America Panel Event: Preparing Pre–K Teachers: Envisioning Equitable Pathways to High-Quality Bachelor’s Degrees

As Jeneen’s Interlandi’s recent New York Times Magazine article “Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?” highlighted, the training that pre–K teachers have, and the compensation they receive, don’t often match the complexity or importance of their work. (2/26/18)

Requiring Degrees

The Washington Post: D.C. among first in nation to require child care workers to get college degrees

The new credential requirements in the District follow a 2015 report by the National Academies that says the child care workforce has not kept pace with the science of child development and early learning. (3/31/17)

The Atlantic: The Crisis Facing America’s Preschool Teachers

Efforts to fill centers with better-qualified early childhood workers are threatening the jobs of those who can’t afford to get their college degree, and some states are turning to apprenticeships to solve both problems at once.

The Washington Post: Will a college degree requirement lead to better, more respected preschool teachers?

The new D.C. mandate has sent waves of excitement, anxiety and resentment throughout the city’s child care centers, and the fallout is being watched nationally. (11/9/17)

Pacific Standard Magazine: Why Requiring Daycare Workers to Head Back to School Hurts the Working Class

Education wonks have an idea to make daycare better; it makes life for the workers who rely on daycare employment a lot worse. (1/9/2018)

WTOP: Why your child’s preschool teacher should have a college degree

The founding executive director of the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts, Boston says that there is nothing “ill-advised” or “insanely stupid” about the D.C. requirement. From an educational standpoint, it makes a lot of sense. (1/2/18)


Public Policy Institute of California: 1 in 4 Child Care Workers in California Lives in Poverty

While preschools and child care providers in many parts of California are straining to fill an unmet need, the state’s child care workers are poorly paid and almost twice as likely to live in poverty than workers overall. (10/16/17)

New America Blog Series

New America BLOG Series: Moving Beyond False Choices for Early Childhood Educators

Moving Beyond False Choices for Early Childhood Educators is a special blog series edited by Stacie G. Goffin, principal of the Goffin Strategy Group, which delves into the complexities, frictions and mistrust embedded in the interplay among (1) preparation and education, (2) compensation and status, and (3) diversity and inclusivity.

Other Articles

Pacific Standard: Early Childhood Education Is Not a Profession

The early childhood education field does not conform to the standards of organized professions, nor is it held accountable as such. To pretend otherwise is a disservice to families and their children. (9/19/17)

Reports and Resources

Understading California's Early Care and Education System