Title

The Inclusion of Training on Family Engagement in State-Level ECE Workforce Policy

Proposal Focus

Research

Abstract

The early childhood education (ECE) workforce provides care and education to young children, birth to age five. Little research examines how teachers are trained to interact with and support families. Policy is identified as a way to increase qualification attainment, however, how policy may best support qualification attainment is widely unstudied. The current study seeks to fill this gap to understand how states differ in order to best support policy advancement. This involves a qualitative policy analysis using emergent techniques for all 50 states. Policies regulating ECE teacher qualification attainment, specifically mentioning family engagement are examined. Results demonstrate that policies regulating family engagement in qualification attainment for the ECE are overall, minimal. Only 30 states include mention of family engagement in policy. This research provides insight into how family engagement is supported in the workforce at a national level, and subsequently, how family engagement is supported throughout individual states.

Keywords

ECE policy, State policy, Teacher qualification, Teacher training, Family engagement

Location

Cornerstone Ballroom

Start Date

12-4-2019 3:00 PM

End Date

12-4-2019 4:00 PM

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The Inclusion of Training on Family Engagement in State-Level ECE Workforce Policy

Cornerstone Ballroom

The early childhood education (ECE) workforce provides care and education to young children, birth to age five. Little research examines how teachers are trained to interact with and support families. Policy is identified as a way to increase qualification attainment, however, how policy may best support qualification attainment is widely unstudied. The current study seeks to fill this gap to understand how states differ in order to best support policy advancement. This involves a qualitative policy analysis using emergent techniques for all 50 states. Policies regulating ECE teacher qualification attainment, specifically mentioning family engagement are examined. Results demonstrate that policies regulating family engagement in qualification attainment for the ECE are overall, minimal. Only 30 states include mention of family engagement in policy. This research provides insight into how family engagement is supported in the workforce at a national level, and subsequently, how family engagement is supported throughout individual states.