ACETis very excited to share a study we recently completed for the Minnesota Department of Education. This study first developed a criterion for gauging the capacity and effectiveness of Minnesota Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) in preparing early childhood educators and care providers, then applied that criterion by examining Minnesota 2- and 4-year IHE early childhood programs serving nearly 3,000 students. ACET convened a 10-member advisory council, reviewed literature and available data, and conducted interviews with IHE staff to answer 2 questions:
1. What is the capacity of IHE to prepare early childhood educators and care providers?
2. What systems are in place at each IHE to ensure their effectiveness?
A report brief (opens PDF) was developed in June highlighting the key findings. If you are interested in viewing the more detailed results, the technical report and other background information can be found at www.acetinc.com/ECPP/AG.htm.
We are very excited about this release and hope you find the data informative. If you have any comments or questions about the brief, please share!
Joseph, Dan, and Stella