Proceedings of the Conference, “Field of Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Implications for Teaching, Research, and Policy”
The Field of Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Implications for Teaching, Research, and Policy conference took place June 2-4, 2004. Erikson and the McCormick Tribune Foundation brought together leaders in the field of early care and education to consider the implications of developing an early childhood workforce that provided young children access to teachers with bachelor’s degrees.
Throughout the conference conferees considered the following questions: What are our goals? What would we like the system to be? What are the
challenges we face in achieving our goals? How do we build support with policy makers and the public to achieve agreed upon goals?
This report summarizes themes, issues, and questions raised in the keynote address, panels, plenary discussions, and working groups critical to the development of a strategy to achieve the goal of significantly improving teacher preparation, child outcomes, and early childhood program quality.