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Leaving the classroom: Addressing the crisis of NC’s early childhood educator turnover


In the spring of 2019, as part of the Workforce Study data gathering, CCSA had the opportunity to solicit information from a group of former early childhood educators about their reasons for leaving their birth to five classrooms. This became possible when CCSA emailed a five-question survey to more than 35,000 individuals who had expressed interest in working in an early childhood classroom and had email addresses on file at the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE). In addition, DCDEE had another list of approximately 35,000 people without email addresses, so CCSA made an attempt to reach them by telephone to ask the five-question survey. A total of 10,484 individuals responded to the survey with 3,013 (29%) no longer working in a birth to five classroom. As a result of this non-randomized survey, CCSA was able to glean information about former early childhood educators, identify some direction for future study, and provide recommendations. (author abstract)

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United States
North Carolina

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