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Transforming the Workforce
for Children Birth Through Age 8:
A Unifying Foundation

Committee on the Science of Children Birth to Age 8:
Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success

Board on Children, Youth, and Families

LaRue Allen and Bridget B. Kelly, Editors

                INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE AND       
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
                      OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

This activity was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (OPP1088695); the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (2013-38717); the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration for Children and Families and Health Resources and Services Administration) (HHSH25034019T); the Robert R. McCormick Foundation (unnumbered); and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (460007972). The views presented in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the activity.

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Transforming the workforce for children birth through age 8 : a unifying foundation / Committee on the Science of Children Birth to Age 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success, Board on Children, Youth, and Families ; LaRue Allen and Bridget B. Kelly, editors ; Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies.

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COMMITTEE ON THE SCIENCE OF CHILDREN
BIRTH TO AGE 8: DEEPENING AND BROADENING
THE FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS

LARUE ALLEN (Chair), Raymond and Rosalee Weiss Professor of Applied Psychology, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, New York

W. THOMAS BOYCE, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

JOSHUA L. BROWN, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York

DOUGLAS H. CLEMENTS, Kennedy Endowed Chair and Professor of Educational Research, Practice and Policy, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver, Colorado

FABIENNE DOUCET, Associate Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, New York

JOHN C. DUBY, Professor of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Akron Children’s Hospital, Ohio

DAVID N. FIGLIO, Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and Economics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

JANA FLEMING, Director, Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy, Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois (through January 2015), Director, Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Development, Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (from February 2015)

LISA GUERNSEY, Director, Early Education Initiative and Director, Learning Technologies Project, New America, Washington, DC

RON HASKINS, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

JACQUELINE JONES, President and CEO, Foundation for Child Development, New York, New York

MARJORIE KOSTELNIK, Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

NONIE K. LESAUX, Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

ELLEN M. MARKMAN, Lewis M. Terman Professor, Department of Psychology, Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California

ROLLANDA E. O’CONNOR, Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside

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CHERYL POLK, President, HighScope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, Michigan

P. FRED STORTI, Executive Director (Retired), Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association, St. Paul

ROSS A. THOMPSON, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis

ALBERT WAT, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Division, National Governors Association, Washington, DC

Study Staff

BRIDGET B. KELLY, Study Director

SHEILA A. MOATS, Program Officer

WENDY E. KEENAN, Program Associate

SARAH M. TRACEY, Research Associate

ALLISON L. BERGER, Senior Program Assistant

FAYE HILLMAN, Financial Associate

CRISTINA NOVOA, Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow (January to June 2014)

PAMELLA ATAYI, Administrative Assistant, Board on Children, Youth, and Families

KIMBER BOGARD, Director, Board on Children, Youth, and Families

Consultants

RONA BRIERE, Consultant Editor

SRIK GOPAL, FSG, Inc.

DAVID PHILLIPS, FSG, Inc.

HALLIE PRESKILL, FSG, Inc.

LAUREN SMITH, FSG, Inc.

LAUREN TOBIAS, Maven Messaging & Communications

Practitioner Advisors

ANNA ARLOTTA-GUERRERO, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

FAITH ARNOLD, Owner and Director, Sun Children’s, Inc., Bellwood, Illinois

CELIA C. AYALA, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Universal Preschool, Los Angeles, California

REBECCA LYNNE DOW, Founder and Director, Appletree Education, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

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SAUNDRA HARRINGTON, Program Supervisor, Infant & Toddler Connection of Norfolk, Virginia

ELIZABETH HEIDEMANN, Kindergarten Teacher, Cushing Community School, Rockland, Maine

MICHELLE N. HUTSON, Center Designee/Lead Teacher, Gulf Coast Community Action Agency Head Start, D’Iberville, Mississippi

BETTE M. HYDE, Director, Washington State Department of Early Learning, Olympia, Washington

MELINDA LANDAU, Manager, Health/Family Support Programs, San Jose Unified School District, San Jose, California

DINA LIESER, Co-Director, Docs For Tots, Melville, New York

CARRIE A. NEPSTAD, Associate Professor of Child Development, Harold Washington College, City Colleges of Chicago, Illinois

VALERIE A. PRESTON, School Social Worker, New York City Department of Education, New York

MALIK J. STEWART, Manager, Federal and Regulated Programs, Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington, Delaware

HEIDI SULLIVAN, Supervisor and Family Support Worker, Life Point Solutions-Every Child Succeeds, Cincinnati, Ohio

MAURICE TOME, Second Grade Teacher, School Within School, District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC

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Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

Ashaunta Tumblin Anderson, University of California, Riverside

Sally Atkins-Burnett, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Susan Bredekamp, Early Childhood Education Consultant

Esther R. Buch, Early Childhood Education Consultant

Theresa Canada, Western Connecticut State University

Linda M. Espinosa, University of Missouri–Columbia

Rochel Gelman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

James J. Lesko, AEM Corporation

David Osher, American Institutes for Research

Marti T. Rosa, Wheelock College

Allan N. Schore, University of California, Los Angeles

Ruby Takanishi, New America

Steve Tozer, University of Illinois at Chicago

Claudia Walker, Murphey Traditional Academy

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Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Bernard Guyer, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and Greg J. Duncan, University of California, Irvine. Appointed by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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Acknowledgments

The committee and project staff are deeply appreciative of the diverse and valuable contributions made by so many who assisted with this study.

First, we are grateful for the support of the number of sponsors who funded this study, listed in full at the front of this report.

Throughout this process, we benefited from the insights of many individuals with a range of experiences related to the work of the committee. Their willingness to take the time to share their perspectives were essential to the committee’s work. We offer our profound thanks to the Practitioner Advisors, named at the front of this report, for their ongoing generosity with their time and insights. It was a privilege and an inspiration to benefit from their experiences and perspectives. We also thank the many stakeholders who offered input and shared information and documentation with the committee over the course of the study. We very much appreciate and value the contributions of the individuals who participated in public information-gathering sessions (see Appendix B) and interviews (see Appendix C). In addition, we appreciate the generous hospitality of the institutions and organizations that hosted us and provided space to us on our site visits and regional public information-gathering sessions. In particular, we are immensely grateful for the planning assistance and logistical support for site visits provided to us by Betsy Coleman, Diane Horm, Sharon Phillips, Elizabeth Sullins, Lori Kelly, Kristie Kauerz, and Jasmiine Bacu.

We thank Cristina Novoa, who ably assisted the committee as a Mirzayan Fellow and graciously continued to provide valuable support beyond the initial period of her fellowship. We are also grateful to Lauren

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Tobias of Maven Messaging & Communications and to Srik Gopal, David Phillips, Lauren Smith, and Halle Preskill of FSG, Inc., for their valuable and thoughtful work as consultants for this study. We thank Mardel Asbury Crandall, Jennifer Henk, and Zina Conley at the University of Arkansas for their commissioned work. We also appreciate the contributions of the following individuals who assisted with research support for this study: Carrie Germeroth, University of Denver; Julie Russ Harris, Harvard University; Christina Rucinski, Fordham University; Julia Sarama, University of Denver; and Brittany A. Sovran, Denver University.

We thank Rona Briere and Alisa Decatur at Briere Associates, Inc., for diligently editing this report. We also appreciate the creativity and effort of Jay Christian and LeAnn Locher for their design work.

For help with scheduling and communication for committee members, we thank Shirley Archer-Fields, Ben Barrett, Anne Blevins, Betsy Coleman, Jessica Craig, Aldine Harmon, Melanie Kellogg, Cynthia Kendall, Rina Plotkin, Allegra Pocinki, Juliana Shadlen, Jacqueline Wellington, and Marge Yahrmatter. We are also grateful to the staff at Kentlands Travel for their assistance with the travel needs of this project.

Finally, we convey our deep gratitude and appreciation for the hard work of the many staff in various offices of the National Academies who provided their support to the project.

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