Early Childhood

IERC Presentation: Preparing the Illinois Early Childhood Workforce: Lessons from a Study of Institutional Partnership Grants

Stephanie Bernoteit, Christi Chadwick, Brenda Klostermann, Eric Lichtenberger, and Cathy Main

In this implementation study we reveal the barriers to achieving project goals and the catalysts that allowed the 2-year and 4-year institution early childhood education partners to meet their objectives. This research is informative for policy development specific to articulation agreements, current and future early childhood innovation grantees, as well as others attempting to build stronger and more authentic partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions.  More

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IERC Presentation: Restructuring Principal Preparation in Illinois: Perspectives on Implementation Successes, Challenges, and Future Outlook

Brenda Klostermannn and Amber Stitziel Pareja

Results of phase one of a implementation review study of Illinois’ new policy for principal preparation indicate that a majority of those interviewed support the policy goals and have a positive outlook on its future impact. Concerns about a constricted pipeline and strained resources were also expressed. Future policy implications are suggested.  More

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IERC Presentation: Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation (EPPI) Grant

Brenda Klostermann, Stephanie Bernoteit, and Eric Lichtenberger

College Changes Everything Conference, Tinley Park, IL, July 16, 2015.  More

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IERC Presentation: The Early Childhood Educator Preparation Innovation Grants: Lessons from Initial Implementation

Eric Lichtenberger, Brenda Klostermann, and Dan Duffy

Gateways to Opportunity Higher Education Forum, Normal, IL, April 9-10-2015.  More

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IERC Presentation: Update on the Early Childhood Innovation Implementation Evaluation

Eric J. Lichtenberger and Dan Q. Duffy

St. Xavier University, December 12th, 2014.  More

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IERC Publication: Examining the Chicago Early Childhood Teacher Pipeline (2010-1)

Brenda K. Klostermann

After completing a two-year study of the supply of and demand for early childhood teachers in Illinois (which included new certificants from higher education and the reserve pool of already-certified teachers), we found that, in general, the reserve pool could be expected to meet the increased demand if salaries reflected the training and professional experience of these teachers.
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IERC Publication: The Illinois Early Childhood Teacher Reserve Pool Study (IERC 2006-4)

Brenda K. Klostermann, Bradford R. White, and Jennifer B. Presley

This report presents the results of the Illinois Survey of Early Childhood Certificants, which we distributed to over 4,000 individuals in Spring 2005.  More

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IERC Publication: Pipelines and Pools: Meeting the Demand for Early Childhood Teachers in Illinois (IERC 2006-3)

Jennifer B. Presley, Brenda K. Klostermann, and Bradford R. White

This study analyzes whether Illinois' supply of early childhood teachers will be adequate to meet the increased demand brought about by the state's new Preschool For All Plan.  More

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IERC Publication: Assessment of Illinois Early Care and Education Data and Research Reports (September 2004)

Jennifer B. Presley, Brenda K. Klostermann and Bradford R. White

This report provides an audit and assessment of currently available Illinois early childcare data and reports.  More

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IERC Publication: Issues in Education. Learning to Read (IERC 2003-I-1)

Jennifer B. Presley

Illinois' policy makers recognize the importance of reading competency to success in school. In this paper we summarize the findings of several recent national reports on reading and consider their findings for Illinois' reading initiatives.  More

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