"Providing high-quality care requires excellent educators who are well versed in child development, early childhood teaching and learning practices, and have a bachelor’s degree or a specialized certification in early childhood," Bustamante and Hirsh-Pasek write. "We must compensate them in a way that signals the respect and gratitude we feel for how they nurture and cultivate the future citizens of our society."
Bustamante researches early childhood science education, Head Start, approaches to learning, and community-based intervention. He is director of the The Social, inTegrated, Engaged, & Meaningful (STEM) Learning Lab, which explores STEM learning opportunities in the places children and families spend time. Recent projects include a basketball court painted to emphasize fraction and decimal learning, a life-size board game for math and science learning, and a science professional development program for early childhood classrooms.
Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning.