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A study assessed the professional and educational status of the day care and Head Start personnel employed in South Carolina Health and Human Service Finance Commission early childhood programs. A total of 1,200 leadership surveys were mailed to employees of state day care and Head Start programs; 277 completed surveys were returned. The survey found that 74.7 percent of the respondents were black, and that 3.6 percent were male. A total of 59.6 percent had not completed post-high school certification or college degree programs, while 63.5 percent had not completed a Child Development Association training program. A majority of respondents ranked financial considerations as the most important barrier to continuing education, and 63.3 percent were interested in some type of formal training in early childhood education. The findings suggest that state and local educational institutions need to provide logistical and financial incentives and support for the educational advancement of black early childhood leaders in day care and Head Start programs in South Carolina. (MDM)

Descriptors: Black Leadership, Black Teachers, Continuing Education, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Attainment, Financial Support, Government Role, Mail Surveys, Males, Rural Areas, School Role, Teacher Education

Author: Heggins, Martha Jean Adams; Willis, Cheryl Crawford

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8389&id=ED367500

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