California Workforce Data Strategies

While workforce studies provide important snapshots of the workforce at one point in time and help to guide policy decisions, they cannot be used to identify trends or to gauge progress. Because of their cost they are seldom repeated in a timely manner leaving policymakers and stakeholders to rely on dated information.

For these reasons, we have turned our attention in recent years to building comprehensive workforce data systems for the California early care and education workforce. Currently, we are participating in statewide efforts to pilot and build a California Workforce Registry.

Our California Workforce Data Strategies work is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Our reports related to the California Workforce data:

California Early Care and Education Workforce Study
by Marcy Whitebook, Laura Sakai, Fran Kipnis, Yuna Lee, Dan Bellm, Richard Speiglman, Mirella Almaraz, LaToya Stubbs, and Paulina Tran (2006)

In 2005, CSCCE and the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, with funding from First 5 California and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, conducted the California Early Childhood Workforce Study, a statewide survey of the licensed child care workforce in California. The study identified the number of home-based and center-based staff working in licensed child care positions; wages; the educational qualifications of this workforce, analyzed by age, languages spoken, and ethnic background; and tenure of those working in licensed facilities.  The statewide survey was replicated in eight California counties.