Colorado Early Childhood Workforce Survey 2017 final report
As a part of the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado project, this study has been designed to identify the current strengths, gaps, and unmet needs in the early educator workforce in Colorado. The purpose of this study is to inform workforce recruitment, retention, and professional development efforts, as well as to identify areas of improvements to policies and infrastructure that are needed to better support the workforce. Consequently, this study addresses the following overarching research questions: 1. What are the demographics of a sample of early educators in Colorado? 2. How prepared are early educators to meet the diverse needs of Colorado's children and families? 3. What barriers do early educators face in accessing professional development and higher education? 4. What wages and benefits do early educators receive, and how do they perceive their economic well-being? 5. How do early educators experience their work lives? 6. What are the turnover rates among early educators? 7. What strategies are center-based ECE programs using to recruit and retain early educators? 8. What factors predict turnover and early educators' well-being and intentions to stay in or leave their jobs? (author abstract)
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