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Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey: A focus on providers and teachers

The goal of the study was to characterize important features of the state's early childhood workforce (birth through Grade 3) at the individual and setting levels. More specifically, the project was guided by the following four aims: 1. Determine the status and distribution of the current Nebraska early childhood workforce across settings, geography, and preparation; 2. Determine the educational and demographic characteristics of the early childhood workforce across settings; 3. Determine working conditions and attitudes of the early childhood workforce across settings; and 4. Establish a baseline for measuring the Buffett Institute's impact and effectiveness over time in ensuring a skilled, informed, and diverse early childhood workforce. To accomplish these goals, early care and education professionals were surveyed in the following settings: licensed home-based programs, licensed center-based programs, public PreKindergarten (PreK) programs, and elementary schools serving children in grades K-3. Questionnaires were completed by program administrators (i.e., principals, directors) as well as teachers and providers. This report focuses exclusively on teachers and providers; future reports will focus on administrators and programs. This survey provides an important first step toward ensuring a skilled, informed, and diverse early childhood workforce in Nebraska by documenting the current status of early childhood professionals across the state. (author abstract)
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United States

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