new research brief
from The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families provides the first national portrait of the early care and education (ECE) workforce serving a high proportion of Latino families, examining the training and qualifications, attitudes, and diversity of these teachers and caregivers.
Many of the study’s findings are promising: the workforce serving a high proportion of Latino families is diverse, motivated to help children and parents, and more likely to have a CDA or state certification than those who do not serve a high share of Latino families. Still, few ECE teachers and caregivers, whether they serve a high proportion of Hispanic children or not
, have a bachelor’s degree. Increasing the educational opportunities of the ECE workforce can help improve access to high quality ECE for all children. The study adds to the Center’s growing body of work on the ECE experience of Hispanic families and communities.