Learning Starts At Birth

Publications & Resources

Building upon a century of hands-on experience and research in early childhood and educator preparation, Bank Street College of Education has conducted thorough research to uncover the greatest opportunities to reform birth to age three policy so all infants and toddlers have access to experiences that effectively support the long-term cognitive, social, and emotional development of our youngest learners.

Bank Street has identified opportunities for systems-level change that offers every baby the chance to grow. With the intention to develop models at scale, Bank Street is actively building partnerships to implement report recommendations in localities and states around the country to establish proof points across a range of contexts that demonstrate what is possible for infants, toddlers, and their families when we invest in educators through high-quality professional learning tied to increases in compensation.

Paths Forward to Salary Parity for New York:
National Models for Equity in Early Childhood Education Compensation

Pay parity for early childhood educators is critical to reducing turnover, improving job quality, and achieving an equitable child care system. This publication— produced in partnership with the Day Care Council of New York—highlights examples of compensation reform across the country and explores ideas for consideration in New York that will reduce turnover, improve job quality, and achieve a more equitable child care system.

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A Snapshot of ECE Apprenticeship Programs

Based on data from Bank Street’s Apprenticeship Community of Practice, stakeholder interviews, and an in-depth survey of 10 apprenticeship programs across the country, this publication offers a closer look at key features of apprenticeship programs such as approaches to credentials, partnership models, funding, and how programs deliver quality mentoring and/or coaching support. Initial insights have generated a set of further questions for inquiry that Bank Street will aim to investigate as part of the new Apprenticeship Action Research Fellowship

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Opportunities for Reflective Practice in Early Childhood Apprenticeships

This resource offers insights about the components, purpose, costs and related implementation considerations needed to design a system of high-quality job-embedded support in residency or apprenticeship programs. It is intended for early childhood leaders to facilitate the design or enhancement of this critical investment for our early childhood workforce.

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Cultivating Powerful Mentorship in Educator Credential Programs

This publication explores Bank Street’s approach to mentorship and lessons learned through implementation and features an interview with three Graduate School faculty members: Valentine Burr, Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning; Jessica Wontropski, D13 Residency Program Administrator and Director of General and Special Education Programs; and Cristian Solorza, Director of the TESOL and Bilingual/Dual Language Programs.

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A Framework for Coaching in Early Childhood Settings: Drawing on Bank Street College of Education’s Developmental-Interaction Approach (DIA)

This publication provides a framework for coaching in early childhood settings, outlining key considerations for effective coaching and reflective practice based on Bank Street’s developmental-interaction approach.

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Special Webinar Series: Early Childhood Workforce

In 2022, Learning Starts At Birth, in collaboration with the Hunt Institute, hosted a three-part special webinar series on the early childhood workforce. In this series, expert panelists discussed important issues around deepening expertise, increasing compensation, and strengthening systems, which comprise a few of the Learning Start’s At Birth team’s key recommendations.

Career Pathways and Wage Ladders: A Key Opportunity for Improving Quality

To leverage the possible opportunity the Build Back Better Act presents, this policy brief closely examines the potential of career pathways and wage ladders to serve as the foundation for transformative change for the early care and education workforce.

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Establishing Early Care & Education As a Public Good

This brief outlines potential principles for policy design that, if applied consistently, will aid the field in identifying policy, program, and advocacy actions that pave the way for investing in early care and education as a public good. Based on insights from a dozen early childhood policy and thought leaders, the new brief also shares snapshots of possible change that center equity and access.

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Designing Early Childhood Educator Residency/Apprenticeship Programs: A Guide to Estimating Costs

This guide was created to support states, cities, and communities in understanding the design and cost considerations associated with establishing high-quality residency or apprenticeship programs for early childhood educators. The guide includes design recommendations and related cost considerations, including ways to offset ongoing costs; recommendations for phase-in and scaling; and an interactive cost calculator tool that generates per-educator cost estimates for both new-to-the-field and incumbent educators.

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Realizing the Promise of Early Educator Apprenticeships

In response to the reintroduction of the Early Educator Apprenticeship Act in the Senate and a similar resolution introduced in the House, this positioning statement outlines recommendations for rebuilding the workforce at this critical moment with quality and equity at the center through apprenticeships, which have been effective in improving K-12 school systems. A national system of robust apprenticeship programs would support rebuilding our supply of care while also ensuring educators receive the high-quality clinical practice and coaching required for the complex task of supporting early brain development.

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Equitable Compensation for the Child Care Workforce: Within Reach and Worth the Investment

To support the urgent action necessary to advance early educator compensation, Bank Street has composed a policy brief that identifies multiple potential mechanisms for advancing compensation reforms at the local, state, and federal levels, building from transition strategies to a call for bold, national reform. Our brief also includes testimony from leaders in the field, who we convened to engage in a discussion about the most promising paths forward for reform. We are seeking both State and national partners who wish to work with us to advance these ideas by putting them into action.

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Rebuilding the Early Care & Education System With Equity at the Center

Bank Street believes quality child care and education is an expression of justice, a means towards a more equitable society, and should be the right of all children starting from birth. To center equity in our call for reforming the birth-to-three workforce, Bank Street has developed a set of five recommendations for states and policy leaders as they redesign our nation’s early care and education system in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. These are drawn from “Investing in the Birth-to-Three Workforce: A New Vision to Strengthen the Foundation of All Learning” and explored in a new essay published by Capita, a nonpartisan organization supporting public dialogue towards a future in which all children and families flourish.

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Investing in the Birth-to-Three Workforce:
A New Vision to Strengthen the Foundation for All Learning

During the first 1,000 days of life, we have the greatest opportunity to level the playing field. Lack of access to high-quality affordable child care, however, remains a crisis facing most American families, impacting the development of our youngest learners. In 2019, Bank Street conducted a comprehensive landscape analysis to collect field perspectives, supportive research, and bright spot examples of opportunities to achieve the outcomes we seek through deepening expertise, compensation reform, strengthening systems, and generating the political and public will for change. Building on this analysis, our January 2020 report serves as a roadmap to policy reform in these areas at scale. Our full list of recommendations includes the development of residency programs and improved compensation for the infant/toddler workforce.

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