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Greetings!

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California at Berkeley is at the forefront of research and policy related to the early care and education workforce.
We are pleased to announce that we are continuing our efforts to inform public policy and increase the fieldís knowledge of the components of effective teacher preparation and the workplace supports that influence teacherís ongoing learning and development.

With support from the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation and in collaboration with Dr. Sharon Ryan, an independent contractor working with CSCCE, we are bringing members of the early care and education workforce together to help us identify the critical features of the adult work environment that support ongoing learning.
We will be conducting focus group meetings with teaching staff, site supervisors, educational coordinators, directors, and mentors and coaches working in the early care and education field, and would like to invite you to participate in this exciting research study.
The two?hour focus group meetings will be held in New Jersey in March, 2011 and in Chicago in May, 2011.

As practitioners and administrators working in the early care and education field, your experiences and opinions are important to us.
To thank you for participating in this study, you will receive a $25 gift certificate to [local store] at the end of the meeting.
If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating in the focus groups, please contact Dr. Sharon Ryan or Mirella Almaraz at:
almaraz@berkeley.edu

You will be asked to sign the consent document on the day of the focus group.
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary.
Please note that if you choose to participate, you may refuse to answer any question or may stop participation at any time for any reason without consequence.
Thank you in advance for your participation!
We greatly appreciate your cooperation in this very important research study.

Sincerely,

Marcy Whitebook, Director and Senior Researcher
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
University of California at Berkeley

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