Welcome to the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)’s “Responsible Transformation of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workforce” Digital Hub. As a community member, you play a unique and critical role in providing high-quality early care and education to Black children and families, whether you are an early childhood educator, parent, caregiver, policymaker or advocate.
States across the country are increasingly requiring college degrees for early childhood educators. NBCDI’s digital hub is designed to equip you with the information, tools, and resources needed to increase access to high-quality care and education for young children by raising education requirements for ECE teachers without displacing Black educators.
To learn more about our “Responsible Transformation of the ECE Workforce,” please click here.
Early childhood educators play a critical role in supporting the success of Black children and families in their first and most crucial years of school. Educating and caring for young children requires knowledge of child growth and development, and the skills to effectively communicate with children and families from diverse backgrounds.
As an early childhood professional, you have the power to engage in best practices that directly impact the access and quality of the care and education children and families receive in early learning centers and elementary schools. In our hub, you can:
- Identify and apply culturally and developmentally appropriate resources and strategies to better support children and families of color.
- Find practical ways to promote and maintain diversity among teachers and staff.
- Raise awareness of the lack of investment in the ECE workforce to improve the compensation, education, and retention of teachers and staff in this field.
Parents and caregivers play a critical role in serving as their child’s first, most important, and lifelong teacher. Families will make the best choices for their children when they are offered effective and relevant information, resources, and support.
As a parent or caregiver, you have the power to strongly and effectively advocate for the policies and practices that best support your child from birth through college. In our hub, you can:
- Find tools and resources to support you in fostering your child's learning and development while effectively advocating for them from birth.
- Identify and support the key indicators that determine the quality of care and education your child receives in school.
Policymakers and advocates play a critical role in making supportive, equitable funding and policy decisions that positively impact Black children, families, and communities. Leaders and elected officials must have the knowledge and resources needed to make well-informed decisions that positively impact our families, schools, and communities.
As a policymaker or advocate, you have the power to successfully advance priorities that improve the quality of life for Black children and families through sound policy decisions.
In our hub, you can:
- Learn more about the nation’s current ECE landscape, including its strengths, challenges, and opportunities.
- Find evidence-based information with key findings that highlight the importance of high-quality early care and education for all children and families, particularly those of color.
- Advocate for and invest in high-quality early childhood education through strategic policy decisions at the local, state, and national level.