McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Publications

Document Type

Executive Summary

Publication Date

Fall 10-21-2010


Job satisfaction is one of the most widely researched topics in psychology. Its popularity is not difficult to understand; the topic has immediate relevance to our own lives. With the latest wave of educational reform, the issue has taken on heightened importance. Across the educational spectrum, work satisfaction is related to organizational and professional commitment. Thus, understanding the factors that influence job satisfaction is central to attracting and retaining an effective and committed workforce. The present study was designed to provide a profile of the early childhood workforce to understand the specific job facets that contribute most to professional fulfillment. The study also examined differences in satisfaction and commitment related to educators' roles and the types of programs in which they worked.

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