Aligning State Workforce Data Systems

States are engaging in efforts to develop comprehensive early childhood data systems which link longitudinal child-level information to program and workforce data. In many states, multiple early care and education workforce data systems, developed to capture information about particular sectors of the workforce, must now be aligned and integrated.

We are working with the data systems developed by three early care and education organizations.

  • CCR&R NACCRAWare – A web-based information management software to assist child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) in collecting, reporting, and distributing data. NACCRAWare is used by all CCR&Rs in 35 states, and is operated by the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), a national membership organization of CCR&Rs.
  • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® – A scholarship and compensation program developed in 1989 by Child Care Services Association in North Carolina and now operating in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
  • The National Registry Alliance (TNRA) – A private non-profit voluntary organization representing state early childhood and school-age registries now operating in 33 states.

Together, we have developed standard definitions for key early learning workforce variables to strengthen data systems in the states and federal data collection and research efforts. These standard definitions will be available to the public in June 2012.

Read our policy brief, Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems, which describes the early care and education workforce data landscape across the three data systems. This policy brief also details the challenges to aligning these systems and current efforts to address these challenges.

This project is funded by the Birth to Five Policy Alliance and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.