Effects of quality improvement system on early childhood education practitioners

Jianping Shen, Xin Ma, Wendy Tackett, Xuejin Lu, Karen Brandi, Jeff Goodman, Lance Till, Grace Watson

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On the basis of the data collected from 144 practitioners, we studied impact of the Palm Beach County Quality Improvement System (QIS) on practitioners. We found that (a) the duration of early learning coaching, (b) the intensity of career advisors, (c) quality workshops and conferences, (d) college courses, and (e) scholarship for books and supplies in relation to taking college courses are related to improving practitioners' job skills and level of certification and degree in early childhood care and education. We found that additional income to practitioners through the WAGE$ program is effective in retaining them. We also found that the professional development program has differential impact on practitioners of various racial and ethnic groups and that more encouragement and support should be given to African-American and Hispanic practitioners to engage in professional development and pursue advancement in the level of certificate and degree. All these findings have implications for the policy of early care and education in general and for other quality improvement initiatives for early care and education in particular.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Grant
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Practice
EditorsJohn Sutterby
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Early Education and Day Care
ISSN (Print)0270-4021


  • Career advisors
  • Early childhood educators
  • Early learning coaches
  • Professional development
  • Quality Improvement System (QIS)
  • WAGE$ program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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