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Examining the Associations Between Infant/Toddler Workforce Preparation, Program Quality and Child Outcomes: A Review of the Research Evidence

Published: May 9, 2016
Child Care, Early Head Start, Head Start
Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis Project, 2005-2018 | Learn more about this project

This research review addresses the question:

What evidence do we have from the literature on associations between infant/toddler teacher and caregiver preparation (e.g., education, credentials, etc.) and quality of caregiving and child outcomes?

The review considers the role of educational attainment, degree type (e.g., concentration or major in early childhood or a related field), years of experience, and training. The brief concludes with implications for future research, as well as for policy and practice.

Last Reviewed: April 29, 2019