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High rates of teacher turnover in child care settings have negative implications for young children's learning experiences and for efforts to improve child care quality. Prior research has explored the prevalence and predictors of turnover at the individual teacher level, but less is known about turnover at the center level––specifically, how turnover varies across child care centers or whether staffing challenges persist year after year for some centers. This study tracks annual turnover rates for all publicly funded child care centers that were continuously operating in Louisiana from the 2015-16 to 2018-19 school years.

Education Research and Policy

This research identifies more than $100 billion in loan forgiveness available to as many as 3.5 million borrowers through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver program. Potential beneficiaries of this initiative are disproportionately employed in occupations like teaching and health care. However, the distribution of potential benefits of the PSLF waiver depends critically on the extent to which those with high income or advanced degrees are differentially likely to take-up benefits conditional on eligibility.

Bassett World Bank

In a study for World Bank, Batten's Lucy Bassett and co-author share findings about teacher preparedness in Bangladesh's pre-primary education programs.

Isaac Mbiti and co-authors examine the impact of enrolling in schools that employ a highly-standardized approach to education, using random variation from a large nationwide scholarship program.

Batten Professor Daphna Bassok

Working in partnership with policymakers, Professor Daphna Bassok aims to provide long-term solutions to real-world problems for America's youngest learners.

Sherrie Rollins Westin, president of Sesame Workshop and a 1980 graduate of the University of Virginia, is this year’s recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. (Contributed photo)

Sherrie Rollins Westin, president of Sesame Workshop and a 1980 graduate of UVA, has been named this year’s recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, an award selected by the Batten School.

The number of women in the labor force is down more than 1 million since pre-pandemic days. Lack of affordable child care is one reason.

Batten alum Maureen Coffey (MPP '21), a policy analyst on the early childhood policy team at Center for American Progress, says that lack of affordable child care costs families, employers and the entire economy. In an op-ed for MarketWatch, Coffey and co-author Hailey Gibbs outline how a comprehensive national approach could solve the problem.

New research describes recent shifts in net tuition by family income and institution type and assesses the role of changes in state funding in generating these shifts.

College Tuition Rising

The Hechinger Report shares findings from Batten School Professor Sarah Turner's latest research on where, and for whom, college tuition costs are rising.

Why Fewer People are Enrolling in Community College

Batten School Professor Sarah Turner and co-author Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach found that high unemployment during COVID diverged from prior downturns and enrollment at community colleges dropped, with the drop larger among men.