Innovations for High Quality, Aligned Early Childhood Educator Preparation Executive Summary

Executive Summary, November 2016
The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) provided Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation (EPPI) grants to 20 partnerships comprised of two- and four-year institutions to further develop models for early childhood educator preparation and build capacity in key areas of need. Recipients used grant funds to design and implement a wide range of seamless pathways for degree and credential attainment through innovative articulation initiatives, systems for aligning assessments to demonstrate candidate attainment of key competencies, and strategies for advising and supporting transfer students. Promising practices to improve early math learning, bilingual/English language learning, infant/toddler development, and quality field experience placements were also developed. 

Bradford R. White, Debra Mayconich Baron, Brenda K. Klostermann, and Daniel Q. Duffy Illinois Education Research Council