Appendix: Examples of state & local ECE workforce recruitment & retention strategies
This appendix accompanies the dear colleague letter to lead agencies and grantees of CCDF, Head Start, Tribal Home Visiting Programs, and PDG B-5 funding about how to utilize federal funds to improve ECE workforce compensation. The following suggestions are presented with specific examples: provide benefits including paid leave, health, child care, or retirement benefits; invest in scholarships and time off for training; provide apprenticeships or other practice-based learning that leads towards a credential or degree; expand shared services models, substitute pools, and family child care networks; provide staff wellness supports and/or mental health consultation for ECE staff and providers. The examples are followed by selected ACF resources to support the early care and education workforce.
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Investing CCDF, PDG B-5, Tribal Home Visiting, and Head Start Funds in the early childhood education (ECE) workforce