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Early Childhood Education State Network


High-quality early learning requires a high-quality workforce with specialized knowledge and skills. State boards of education play a distinct role in developing a well-qualified early learning workforce as they set requirements for core early learning standards, advance workforce credentialing and preparation, and improve professional development opportunities.

State education agencies (SEAs) and state boards of education can use their policy levers to investigate and influence early education workforce quality in four areas: qualifications and licensure, preparation programs, professional development, and compensation. In addition, they can leverage provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to advance changes in their states. To take the next step in facilitating the development of a robust, well-developed assembly of educators and administrators, four states—IowaMichiganNebraska, and New York—were awarded NASBE grants to investigate and improve early childhood education workforce conditions in their respective states from 2016-2018. Mississippi and Washington later joined the network and in 2019, 12 state board of education members from 11 states participated in a workgroup to deepen their knowledge of early learning and identify concrete actions they can take to promote effective policymaking.

This project is funded through grants from the Foundation for Child Development, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Trust for Learning. It reignites NASBE’s early learning work and establishes a state network tasked with developing, revising, and adopting early childhood education policies that other state boards can replicate.


Press Release

NASBE Builds an Alliance of Network States to Strengthen Early Childhood Education Workforce

NASBE reignites a state network tasked with developing, revising, and adopting early childhood education policies that other state boards can replicate.

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State Innovations

Michigan Narrows Licensure Bands to Improve Early Learning

Michigan jettisoned its broad elementary teaching licenses in favor of preK-3 and 3-6 licenses that will better equip new teachers with developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills.

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Press Release

NASBE's Early Childhood Education Workgroup Kicks Off in May

ASBE welcomed 12 state board of education members from 11 states to Alexandria, Virginia, for the inaugural meeting of its Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workgroup.

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The Standard

Stepping Up for Early Childhood Education

The impact of early childhood education is undeniable. Yet access to high-quality early education across the country remains uneven, and many children still enter elementary school unprepared.

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How State Boards of Education Can Cultivate a Skilled, Stable Workforce in Early Education

This webinar examines early childhood workforce policies and the economic status of the workforce across the country.

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Education Leaders Reports

The Role of State Boards in Improving Early Childhood Education

State boards have authority that positions them to be key players in improving early education.

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Policy Update

Advancing the Early Learning Workforce through State Policies

This NASBE policy update examines the US preschool workforce skills gap and outlines ways state boards can strengthen policies to advance the early education workforce and ensure a high-quality education for preschool learners.

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Education Leaders Reports

Opportunities in ESSA for Improving Early Education

A detailed look at the ESSA provisions pertaining to early childhood education and ways states boards can turn those opportunities into action.

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Policy Update

Collaborating to Support the Early Childhood Workforce

This NASBE policy update explores how NASBE, the National League of Cities (NLC), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) built up the nation’s early childhood education (ECE) workforce through an effective collaboration.

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Commentary

States Detail Strategies to Invest in the Early Childhood Workforce in Their ESSA Plans

This commentary outlines ways states are leveraging ESSA to advance early learning policy.

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Policy Update

Early Care and Education Legislation in 2016

This policy update provides a rundown of state legislative action on early education in 2016, plus important trends.

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Also from NASBE

Right from the Start

The National Early Childhood Education Task Force provided this policy agenda in 1988 to promote the development of all young children.

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The Standard - Article

The Art of Early Childhood Education

Arts integration shows promise for school readiness, emotion regulation, and stress reduction in the youngest, most vulnerable students.

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