New National Report Offers Sobering Look at Trends in New York’s Early Childhood Education Workforce

September 15, 2005. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ takes a look at a comprehensive new report, Losing Ground in Early Childhood Education, from the Economic Policy Institute, the Keystone Research Center, and the Foundation for Child Development. Among the findings: qualifications decline among early childhood education workers with less one fourth now having college degrees. Since the early 1980s, there has been a large and unsettling dip in the qualifications of the early childhood education workers in New York. The share of New York early childhood educators working in child care centers with at least a four-year college degree fell from 42% in 1980 to 32% in 1990 to 23% in 2000, based om analysis of Census data. Read the brief >>