Feature in the Early Childhood Workforce Index

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 16:18

EDvance's work was highlighted in the CSCCE's 2018 Workforce Index. See page 70 in the From Aspiration to Educational Attainment section. The complete document can be accessed here.



“In a longitudinal study of early educators in California who participated in bachelor’s degree cohort completion programs, 40 percent of the study participants had made previous attempts to complete a four-year degree. With financial, academic, and access supports, early educators were successful: 81 percent of the cohort participants graduated, a rate more than double that of the typical transfer student from a two- or four-year institution. In addition, 76 percent were women of color, 31 percent identified their primary language spoken at home as being other than English, and most reported being among the first generation in their families to earn a college degree.98 Importantly, both the students in the cohort programs and the six institutions of higher education that hosted the degree completion programs received financial and other supports. The funders — a combination of local government agencies and private philanthropic foundations — recognized the importance of addressing the financial and structural aspects of higher education programs and designed or organized their support accordingly. However, despite the success of the original cohort models, as with many pilot programs to support the workforce, these models were not supported with ongoing funds nor did the state build on their success and bring them to scale. Among the institutions that offered the cohort programs included in the study, San Francisco State’s EdVance program has demonstrated the most success in identifying resources to implement a well-supported pathway — with multiple entry points — to a bachelor’s degree.99