Measuring, Monitoring, and Improving the Quality of Work Life in Early Childhood Programs

Jill Bella
Paula Jorde Bloom
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 19th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Measuring, Monitoring, and Improving the Quality of Work Life in Early Childhood Programs:

Assessment tools used in QRIS typically focus on classroom quality, but compelling research confirms the importance of addressing the work environment of staff as well. This webinar introduced participants to the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES), a tool for assessing ten dimensions of organizational climate in early childhood programs. Participants learned how the ECWES is used to measure, monitor, and improve the quality of work life in QRIS initiatives across the country.

Speaker Biographies:

Jill Bella, Ed.D., is Director of Quality Support for the McCormick Center. In this role she coordinates and conducts research, training, and consultation for local and state initiatives on the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey, the Program Administration Scale (PAS), and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). Dr. Bella is a national reliability anchor for the PAS and BAS. She holds a doctorate degree in Adult and Continuing Education from National Louis University. Dr. Bella also has both a master’s degree in special education/early intervention and a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at several child care centers and an early intervention center as an early intervention specialist and training associate. Dr. Bella’s research interests include organizational climate, advocacy for the early childhood workforce, systems thinking, and early childhood leadership.

Paula Jorde Bloom, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Research and Practice at National Louis University and the founder of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. As one of the country’s leading experts on early childhood leadership and program management issues, Dr. Bloom is a frequent keynote speaker at state, national, and international conferences and consultant to professional organizations and state agencies. She has taught preschool and kindergarten, designed and directed a child care center, and served as administrator of a campus laboratory school. Paula is the author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, magazine articles, and technical reports.

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