Early educators enrolled in higher education often encounter challenges paying for school and balancing school, work, and family commitments. Higher education processes and systems are complex and difficult for educators to efficiently navigate. In many states, educator qualifications vary by Early Learning program and are not based on a coherent career ladder, creating barriers for educators seeking to advance.
A new report from Learning Policy Institute describes innovative and affordable approaches state policymakers and practitioners can use to make higher education affordable and accessible for diverse educators. These models deliver high-quality preparation using research-based knowledge in child development and sustained, mentored field experience.