As part of a joint grant from the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association to assist state school chiefs in connecting workforce investments and resources to improve training, effectiveness, and working conditions for early learning and care professionals, the CDE, ELCD is leading a team which includes First 5 California, the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Early Edge CA, CA Alternative Payment Program Association, EveryChild CA, CA County Superintendents Educational Services Association, and the Tribal Child Care Association of CA.
It is with great anticipation that we provide you with two surveys (both in English and in Spanish) about working in early childhood education (ECE) in California. Survey 1 requests your input regarding difficulties that you may be experiencing in your work. Is reliable transportation an on-going concern? Is there not enough money in your bank account to get through the month? Is child care for your own children an obstacle that is difficult to get past? In order to address these and other concerns, we need your honest feedback and we need it quickly!
Survey 1 should take no longer than twenty minutes to complete.
Survey 2 requests your input regarding a variety of resources that have been designed to support your work. If these are effective resources, we need to know. If the resources are not useful to you, we need to know that as well. This survey requests that you tell us about the best ways to communicate with families and that you provide a response about each of the resources listed. For each resource (there are 37 listed), two responses are required. Please provide one response for how you use (or do not) use the resource in your day-to-day practice and provide a second response for how the resource impacts your ECE career.
Survey 2 should take no longer than twenty minutes to complete.
The survey links below will take you to both Survey 1 and Survey 2. Before you go to the links, however, there are a few things you should know:
1. The surveys are completely anonymous. We do not ask for your name and we cannot link your survey responses to you.
2. When you complete your response to one question, you may experience a slight delay before the survey takes you to the next question.
3. Responses are required for each question before you can move on to the next. This was done intentionally so that we can get the widest and deepest understanding of what is happening for you and other members of the California ECE workforce.
4. You can complete the surveys at two different times, but once you start a survey it must be completed. You will not be able to start the survey, close it, and come back to it.
5. Together, both surveys should take no more than a total of 40 minutes of your time.
We value the incredible work you do with and on behalf of children and their families. We value your input on these surveys and we recognize that we are asking you to set aside considerable amount of time to provide thoughtful, honest responses. Our commitment to you is that we will not only honor your input and time, but that we will use the information you provide to enhance educational opportunities and advocate for you in the ways you tell us you need it most.
You may take the survey in either language, but please do not complete both languages for one survey. We respectfully request that you complete both surveys by March 15, 2019.
The California State Team on Behalf of:
National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
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