Presents an analysis of the potential for career pathways in early care and education based on a literature review and interviews with experts, conducted between November 2016 and January 2017, regarding barriers to workforce advancement; and reviews promising practices at the national and state levels for workers that are predominantly women under the age of 50.

“[This study was designed] to develop evaluation design options that could address critical gaps in knowledge related to the approach, implementation, and success of career pathways strategies generally, and in early care and education (ECE) specifically. To inform thinking about evaluation design options, [the authors] produced reports on (1) research and evaluation relevant to career pathways approaches, (2) the implementation of existing and past career pathways initiatives, and (3) the potential for career pathways approaches in early care and education. This document is the third of these reports for the project—an analysis of the potential for career pathways approaches in the ECE sector….[The] analysis summarizes current major reports and initiatives relevant to the development of career pathways approaches for the ECE workforce” (p.iii).

“To inform this report, [the authors] reviewed current publications about the ECE workforce released by federal agencies and prominent organizations engaged in ECE research. The literature [the authors] reviewed included a range of descriptive qualitative and quantitative research about the ECE sector as well as relevant policy analysis and recommendations” (p.2).

“As a supplement to [the] scan of the current literature, from November 2016 through January 2017, [the authors] held discussions with 23 experts…with experience with ECE workforce development at the local, state, and national levels” (p.2).

While [the authors’] analysis does summarize relevant literature, [they] did not conduct an exhaustive or formal literature review (i.e. with critiques of existing studies’ designs, methodologies, data sources, etc.)” (p.2).

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