Recent research has underlined the difficulty ECE providers face in finding and retaining qualified staff, especially during the COVID pandemic. A recent article in EdSurge cites findings that annual turnover rates in licensed ECE facilities of between 26 and 40 percent – which significant implications for program quality, continuity of care, and the benefits of spending on professional development for frontline staff. The COVID pandemic has only made the situation worse with “69 percent of respondents saying “recruiting and retaining qualified staff is more difficult now than it was before the pandemic,” citing reasons ranging from fear, anxiety, the need to protect themselves and their families, low compensation and lack of respect”. You can find the full article here.