The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative identifies data as one of six major policy areas necessary for developing, enhancing, and implementing state integrated early childhood professional development system for all early childhood education professionals working with and on behalf of young children. See how states’ data policies match up.
We collaborate with many organizations, associations, and government entities as we work to improve how our nation prepares, supports, and rewards the early care and education workforce.
The resources on this page include relevant research and projects of other groups, media articles on the early care and education workforce, links to speeches, lectures and roundtable discussions on workforce issues, and more.
State Workforce Studies (NCCIC)
The National Child Care Information Center lists the most recent state workforce studies.
Losing Ground in Early Childhood Education: Declining Workforce Qualifications in an Expanding Industry, 1979-2004
By Stephen Herzenberg, Mark Price, and David Bradley (2005)
This report prompted our Roots of Decline: How Government Policy Has De-Educated Teachers of Young Children policy analysis.
Worthy Work, Unlivable Wages: The National Child Care Staffing Study, 1988-1997
By Marcy Whitebook, Deborah Phillips, and Carollee Howes (1998)
In 1997, nine years after the original National Child Care Staffing Study, the Center for the Childcare Workforce interviewed directors at the centers still in operation to assess changes in wages, benefits and turnover; whether increases in public investment for child care have benefited the child care workforce; and the extent to which former welfare recipients are employed in center-based child care.
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Who’s Missing at the Table? Leadership Opportunities and Barriers for Teachers and Providers
By Marcy Whitebook (1997), first published in S.L. Kagan and B.T. Bowman (Eds.), Leadership in early care and education. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
This paper describes the author’s perspective on leadership within the early care and education field. Although written and published more than 10 years ago, the issues presented, remarkably and unfortunately, still remain salient to the field’s current challenges in developing and cultivating diverse leaders.
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Posted July 2010. Tagged as Report.
Who Cares? Child Care Teaching and the Quality of Care in America
By Marcy Whitebook, Deborah Phillips, and Carollee Howes (1990)
This landmark study explored how teaching staff and their working conditions in 225 centers affect the caliber of center-based child care available in the United States. It first brought public attention to the problem of low wages and high turnover, and children attending lower-quality centers and centers with more staff turnover were less competent in their language and social development.
Who are the child care workers? The Search for Answers
By Deborah Phillips and Marcy Whitebook (1986)
Although nearing thirty years since it first appeared in Young Children (41), this description of the status of national early childhood workforce data sadly remains relevant today as do many of its policy recommendations.
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No Single Ingredient: 2020 Vision for the Early Learning Workforce
Read Marcy Whitebook’s speech at the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Early Learning Tour, Denver, CO April 20, 2010. The speech identifies how accessible and relevant preparation, support for going learning, and reward are all essential ingredients for good teaching and proposes necessary federal actions to ensure better policies.
The National Child Care Staffing Study – Revisited Four Years in the Life of Center-Based Child Care
By Marcy Whitebook, Deborah Phillips, and Carollee Howes
In 1992, CCW returned to the original staffing study sites to assess changes in wages, benefits and turnover. Through interviews with 225 center directors across the nation, this follow-up study found meager improvement in teaching staff wages, identified in the original findings as the most important predictor of quality child care.
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