Innovations for High Quality, Aligned Early Childhood Educator Preparation (2016-3)

Bradford R. White, Debra Mayconich Baron, Brenda K. Klostermann, and Daniel Q. Duffy

Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation (EPPI) grants were awarded to twenty partnerships of two- and four-year institutions to develop new models and innovations for early childhood educator preparation. This qualitative implementation study provides a systematic review of the innovations and strategies EPPI grant recipients utilized in addressing common barriers and practice-oriented issues experienced in early childhood educator preparation. Recipients used grant funds to design and implement a wide range of seamless pathways for degree and credential attainment through innovative articulation initiatives, systems for aligning assessments to demonstrate candidate attainment of key competencies, and strategies for advising and supporting transfer students. Promising practices to improve early math learning, bilingual/English language learning, infant/toddler development, and quality field experience placements were also developed.