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Document Number: 6451

Losing Ground in Early Childhood Education: Declining Workforce Qualifications in an Expanding Industry, 1979-2004 - This paper examines how the educational attainment of early childhood education (ECE) workers has changed over time. The authors report that educational levels of ECE teachers peaked during the early 1980s recession, when the share of center-based teachers and administrators with at least a four-year college degree averaged 43%, compared to 30% for the last three years, and the share with a high school education or less climbed from 25% to 30%. The paper also finds that older workers tend to be more highly educated, and that as they retire it will be difficult to replace them with similarly educated and qualified workers. (Stephen Herzenberg, Mark Price and David Bradley, Economic Policy Institue, 2005)...

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