IN THE NEWS – January 19, 2024

Paying Up: Enhancing Child Care Compensation Systems in Colorado, D.C. and Louisiana, Early Learning Nation

“High-quality early education leads to lifelong success for children and their communities, and it cannot happen without professionals cultivating and facilitating these important learning experiences…” READ MORE


OP-ED – January 15, 2024

OPINION: A hopeful note for early childhood education in 2024 — Some states are stepping up investment, The Hechinger Report

“Millions of families may now face a lack of child care following the recent expiration of pandemic-era federal funding. The child care “stabilization” funds included in the American Rescue Plan Act were just that — emergency funding to stabilize the sector amid a pandemic…” READ MORE


IN THE NEWS – December 13, 2023

ECE Workers Identify Issues Barriers to National Certification, Study Finds, Early Learning Nation

“A majority of early childhood education (ECE) workers who would be most affected by the creation of a national teaching certification expressed support for such a system, according to a recent study on advancing ECE compensation and equity…” READ MORE


IN THE NEWS – December 12, 2023

New Funding Initiative Aims to Boost Wages for Early Educators — And Help Fix a Broken System, Inside Philanthropy

“America’s child care system is broken,” the Annie E. Casey Foundation stated flatly when it released its Kids Count Data Book this year. Each year, the foundation provides an overview of American children and their wellbeing…” READ MORE

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IN THE NEWS – November 30, 2023

Early education coalition searches for answers to raise teacher pay, even as budgets are cratering, The Hechinger Report

“The Early Educator Investment Collaborative, a coalition of philanthropies that provide grants to support early childhood programs, is sending about $9 million in grants to Louisiana, Colorado and D.C. to find long-term answers for raising early educators’ pay.…” READ MORE


PRESS RELEASE – November 15, 2023

Early Educator Investment Collaborative Makes $9 Million in Grants to Address Unjust Compensation for Early Childhood Education Workforce

“Today the Early Educator Investment Collaborative (The Collaborative) awarded $9M in grants to support public systems innovations in increasing wages and benefits for the early childhood education (ECE) workforce…” READ MORE


IN THE NEWS – February 21, 2023

Investing in New Systems for Paying Educators What They Need and Deserve, Early Learning Nation

“For U.S. children to realize their potential, the professionals who care and educate them need the training, respect and compensation that make for a fulfilling career. The Early Educator Investment Collaborative is dedicated to promising and innovative ways to make that happen…” READ MORE


ON THE RADIO – February 14, 2023

Teaching the youngest: grant offering targets early-learning programs, The Jefferson Exchange

“People who know about children and their care tell us often that taking good care of children EARLY in life pays big dividends later. That’s why so much attention is paid to quality childcare for working parents…” LISTEN HERE


IN THE NEWS – January 3, 2023

RAND Report Highlights Unique Challenges Facing Hawaii’s Early Child Care Workforce, Early Learning Nation

“The early child care education workforce was strained even before the pandemic. Poor pay and benefits not only hurt recruitment and retention, but demoralized providers. While early childhood educators across the country are feeling the burden…” READ MORE




February 15, 2024

Advancing ECE Workforce Compensation and Equity: Interview with The Collaborative’s Director

The Collaborative is excited to share this interview with Bruno J. Navarro, of Early Learning Nation and The Collaborative’s Director. They discussed key findings from The Collaborative’s commissioned study to assess the viability of a national, competency-based certification for lead teachers working with children from birth to 8 years old in the United States.


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