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Strategies for Preventing Teacher Burnout in Early Childhood Education

by Ellen M. Drolette
March/April 2020
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Burnout is prevalent in early care and learning programs. Children and families are showing up in early education programs vulnerable and needing more interventions than ever before. Teachers are learning to navigate big emotions, opioid addictions, or domestic violence within families, all while being paid meager wages, receiving few benefits, working second jobs and, at times, being treated with little respect. The turnover is high in early childhood education, and the work is tough. Those who stay in the field do so because of their dedication to children and families. They have an undeniable passion for the work they do.

These facts do not change the compassion fatigue, burnout and depression that run rampant in the early childhood field. 

This is not a regional problem; it is global. At the World Forum on Early Care and Education in April 2019, Rhian Evans Allvin, chief executive officer of The National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Swati Popat Vats, president of the Early Childhood Association in India, spoke about some of the challenges of being an early educator. In the United States, we are at the same crossroads as India.

“Teaching is not considered one of the most sought-after careers in India; ...

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