Math, Money, & Minutes: Barriers to Educational Advancement among Early Childhood Teachers

By:  Kelly Feighan and Amy Friedlander

A few months ago, we interviewed a group of six center-based teachers in early childhood education (ECE). These teachers were part of the first cohort of a new apprenticeship program that developers hoped would foster educational and career advancement. While well intentioned and motivated to take advantage of this new resource, each teacher discontinued participation in the cohort. What caused them to drop-out? What might have helped them continue? Read Math, Money & Minutes to learn about the barriers that prevented these six teachers from educational completion and recommendations to mitigate those barriers.