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 media articles on the early care and education workforce, links to speeches, lectures and roundtable discussions on workforce issues, relevant research and projects of other groups, and more.

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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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.

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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.

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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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