REL Webinar: Turnover in the Early Childhood Workforce

Join REL Northeast & Islands for a free webinar that will examine turnover rates in the early childhood educator workforce across different center types and discuss strategies for improving educator retention. Turnover in the early childhood educator workforce is a critical issue because it affects the quality of early childhood education environments.
In this interactive webinar, Dr. Meg Caven, co-author of the new REL study Center- and Program-Level Factors Associated with Turnover in the Early Childhood Workforce, will share an overview of the study. Next, Dr. Clare Waterman Irwin, REL Northeast & Islands research scientist, will explore the study’s findings. The presenters will then lead a discussion about the challenges and strategies related to educator retention—as well as policy efforts to reduce turnover—with a panel of early childhood practitioners from early childhood centers and state agencies.  

Turnover in the Early Childhood Workforce: Research and Practitioner Perspectives
May 6, 2021
Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
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American Rescue Plan Act: Healthcare

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the latest COVID-19 relief package, provides $1.9 trillion in funding and policy changes aimed at mitigating the impacts of the ongoing pandemic. In addition to the many provisions directly targeting support to the early care and learning system, the relief package also contains important supports for accessing healthcare and economic benefits, such as tax credits.

Start Early and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law are pleased to host a two-part webinar series for early care and learning professionals that will provide an overview of what is currently known about the healthcare and economic supports available through the ARPA and how to access them. The webinar series is intended to help early care and learning professionals understand these important supports so that they can access them for themselves and assist families they work with to access them as well.

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Annual conference on the value of play

The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition.

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on  the Value of Play kicks off this spring!  This conference format, in response to the continued concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, features LIVE headliners, dozens of recorded educational and research presentations and weekly networking events – all online from April 1 through June 30.

The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, camp professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond.

Teach Plus is offering two different policy fellowships for educators in the 2021-2022 school year

Teach Plus Illinois is thrilled to announce two policy fellowships for educators in the 2021-22 school year: the K-12 Teaching Policy Fellowship, and the Early Childhood Educator Policy Fellowship

Teach Plus Illinois’ programs are highly selective leadership opportunities for outstanding teachers looking to expand their influence without having to leave the classroom. They span the 2021-22 school year and offer selected teachers a generous stipend for their time and work. The Policy fellowships are for teachers who want to learn about policy and advocate on behalf of all students. Grow as teacher leader by exploring one of these three opportunities!

Webinar: From Rescue to Rebuild: Developing a National ECE System that Works

Description: Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute, New America, and the Education Policy Initiative

Between historic bipartisan investments to stabilize and expand access to child care in 2020 and new proposals from Congress and the Biden Administration, the nation is poised to significantly increase access to quality early childhood education (ECE). These investments are acutely needed to ensure that all children—particularly children from families with low incomes—have access to high-quality ECE; working and middle class families have access to affordable care; and early educators are supported and adequately compensated.

As Congress and the Administration consider their next major investments in ECE, however, they need a vision for a new and better system. How do we ensure that our many early childhood programs—including child care subsidies, Head Start, state preschool, and special education programs—can be a system of coherent support from birth through early elementary? Experts will address this question in an upcoming webinar, “From Rescue to Rebuild: Developing a National ECE System That Works.” The webinar will focus on long-term federal policy solutions to build a comprehensive, equitable, and integrated early learning system, drawing from the work of the Learning Policy Institute and New America, as well as the authors of “Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.” It will also address concrete actions that policymakers can take in the near term with federal stimulus funds.


  • Laura Bornfreund, New America
  • Ajay Chaudry, New York University
  • U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute
  • Hanna Melnick, Learning Policy Institute
  • Christina Weiland, University of Michigan

Additional speakers to be added.
Time: Jun 3, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)