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From "Just a Pulse" to Passion: Unlock the Buy-In of the ECE Workforce with Dr. Teri DeLucca and Dr. Brittany Hewett

In the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE), the challenge of fostering commitment and enthusiasm among teachers is ever-present. The notion that "anyone can do it" has plagued the profession, undermining the dedication and skill required to be a truly effective educator. To address this, Dr. Teri DeLucca and Dr. Brittany Hewett from Impact Early Education have shared their expertise on how to transform a "just a pulse" mentality into genuine passion and buy-in from ECE teachers.

From "Just a Pulse" to Passion: Unlock the Buy-In of the ECE Workforce

Here are some key insights and strategies they recommend.

Understanding Teacher Buy-In

One of the first steps in building a committed and passionate ECE workforce is understanding what drives teacher buy-in. Teachers need to feel valued and recognized for their unique contributions. This means moving beyond mere qualifications and acknowledging the heart, dedication, and professionalism they bring to their roles. When teachers feel appreciated and respected, their commitment to their work and their enthusiasm for their roles increase significantly.

Effective Training Programs

Implementing innovative and effective training programs is crucial. Such programs should not only aim to enhance teaching skills and competence but also align with teachers' personal and professional aspirations. By offering training that speaks to their career goals and personal interests, schools can foster a sense of purpose and motivation among their staff. This alignment helps teachers see the value in their work and understand how it contributes to their overall career development.

Personal Growth Opportunities

Investing in personal growth is another vital strategy. Creating an environment that supports continuous learning and development can have a profound impact on teacher morale and retention. Providing opportunities for professional development, such as workshops, courses, and mentorship programs, helps teachers stay engaged and motivated. Practical tips for fostering a growth-oriented culture include setting clear development goals, offering regular feedback, and celebrating achievements.

Practical Strategies for Implementation

Integrating these training and growth opportunities into a school’s culture requires practical strategies. Schools should consider establishing a dedicated professional development team or coordinator to oversee these initiatives. Regular training sessions, coupled with follow-up support and resources, ensure that the knowledge gained is applied effectively in the classroom. Additionally, fostering a collaborative environment where teachers can share their experiences and learn from one another enhances the overall impact of these programs.

The Experts Behind the Insights

Dr. Teri DeLucca, Founder and CEO of Impact Early Education, holds a dual PhD in developmental psychology and educational psychology. Her extensive experience in early childhood education and professional development has earned her numerous awards, including the Sigma Xi Women in Science Award and recognition as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders. Dr. DeLucca is also a member of the John Maxwell Leadership Team.

Dr. Brittany Hewett, Director of Education at Impact Early Education, holds a Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in early care and education. With a rich background that includes teaching, administration, and research in the ECE field, Dr. Hewett is a Certified Family Life Educator. Her passion for creating professional development opportunities for early educators shines through in her work.


Building a committed and passionate ECE workforce is an achievable goal with the right strategies. By understanding the factors that drive teacher buy-in, implementing effective training programs, and investing in personal growth, schools can create an environment where educators thrive. These efforts not only enhance the quality of education provided but also reduce turnover and foster a more stable and motivated workforce.

Watch the webinar here!


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