Sonja Crum Knight from the Carole Robertson Center Head Start program in Chicago is one of many early care and education leaders across the country innovating to retain their workforce. She sat down recently with the National Early Care and Education Workforce Center to describe how her Head Start program has been able to reduce turnover and reach 80 percent retention.
The National ECE Workforce Center, which launched this year, is dedicated to supporting early education workforce ideas like these by conducting research, offering technical assistance, and connecting with educators and others in the ECE field to seed and share innovation. The Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation is one of the six core partners of the National Early Care and Education Workforce Center. The others are BUILD Initiative, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley, Child Trends, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood at the University of Delaware, and ZERO TO THREE.