Institute Policy Brief

In our periodic Policy Briefs we present thoroughly researched arguments for policy changes in the field of early childhood care and education. The Policy Brief is just one of many Institute publications

Our Latest Policy Briefs

A New Policy Agenda
Recruitment, Induction and Teacher Preparation

This set of policy briefs from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute identifies recommendations to improve recruitment and raise the caliber of early childhood candidates, develop a comprehensive approach to induction and introduces a new approach to early childhood teacher preparation.


Raising the Bar of Quality in the Preparation of Early Childhood Educators:
Bridging the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do
Amy Dombro and Sherry Cleary

In the latest policy brief from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, Amy Dombro and Sherry Cleary identify the need for a coordinated approach to the development of early childhood professionals, and outline strategies for accomplishing this critical work.


Building the Pipeline for a Successful Early Childhood Workforce in New York

A New Policy Agenda: Recruitment

This policy brief from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute identifies recommendations to improve recruitment and raise the caliber of early childhood candidates. These recommendations address the need to create a greater understanding of the value of early childhood education, make early childhood careers more viable and attractive, and encourage a culturally competent workforce.


A New Policy Agenda: Induction

This policy brief from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute identifies recommendations to develop a comprehensive approach to induction that will enhance the early childhood workforce. These recommendations address early childhood educators’ need for guidance as they apply developmentally appropriate practice in action, continue their professional growth, and solidify their commitment to the field.


A New Policy Agenda: Teacher Preparation

This policy brief from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute introduces a new approach to early childhood teacher preparation and shares recommendations for providing early childhood educators with the coursework, field experiences, and institutional supports to thrive when they enter the classroom.


A New Policy Agenda
An Overview of Our Workforce Building Policy Recommendations
Fall 2013

We must reinvigorate New York's early childhood workforce by starting right: with highly motivated, qualified, diverse, and prepared early childhood teachers. Institute is launching a three point policy agenda:

  1. activate recruitment efforts
  2. improve teacher preparation
  3. establish teacher induction programs

This issue gives an overview of these agenda items. Future issues of the policy brief will adress each in detail.


Previous Volumes

Policy Brief Vol.II, No. 1
Improving the Quality of Early Childhood Education through System-Building
Vol. II, No. 1, Summer 2009


Policy Brief Vol.I, No. 4
An Early Childhood Workforce for the 21st Century: Professional Development is Key
Vol. I, No. 4, Winter 2008


Policy Brief Vol.I, No. 3
Are They Prepared? Raising the Bar for New York City’s Early Childhood Workforce
Vol. I, No. 3, Spring 2008


Second Policy Brief
Compensation and Retention: Challenges for New York City´s Early Childhood Workforce
Vol. I, No. 2, Winter 2007


First Policy Brief
NYC´s Early Childhood Workforce: The Foundation for Quality
Vol. I, No. I, Fall 2007