Addressing the Workforce Diversity Gap
Building a Culturally Competent Early Childhood Workforce
While children of color make up 45% of all children birth to age four, the workforce teaching young children is much less diverse. Many states are paying specific attention to developing a skilled, diverse early childhood workforce.
A system must be developed that creates pathways to ensure that persons of color with language backgrounds of the young child population can fill these teaching roles. Done well, the development of the next generation of early childhood educators can:
- Offer employment and career development opportunities that help ensure the needed diversity within early childhood.
- Provide family sustaining compensation within that workforce.
Offer all children role models and adult teachers from diverse backgrounds.