Cover of the Illinois Early Childhood Education Workforce 2020 Report showing brightly colored hand-drawn figures of a diverse group of teachers with papers in their hands.

The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) has released the Illinois Early Childhood Education Workforce 2020 Report and its accompanying infographic, 2020 Snapshot of Illinois’ Early Childhood Educators. The report provides early childhood workforce data on a variety of topics including demographics, education, preparation, ongoing training, credentials attained, wages, and turnover/longevity.

Key findings of the report include:

  • There is greater racial diversity among teaching staff in licensed centers compared with public schools. However, staff are predominately white in lead teacher and administrator positions.
  • There is a growing bilingual population within the workforce.
  • The majority of directors and teachers in licensed center-based programs have completed a college degree, often completing more education than required by licensing.
  • There has been a dramatic increase over the last five years in the percentage of the workforce that holds Gateways to Opportunity credentials.
  • Gateways Registry-approved trainings and conferences are frequently used by the workforce for high-quality professional development, but there is opportunity for growth.
  • Wages are low compared with other occupations and vary based on education, attainment of Gateways credentials, and ages taught.