Up-to-date and accurate information about the early care and education workforce plays an important role in determining how to adequately prepare, support, and reward its members.
Comprehensive and longitudinal data about the professional preparation and development, ethnic and linguistic background, and compensation and tenure of this workforce all help to identify challenges, track progress, and develop sound policies and investments. Data can inform efforts to address such chronic problems as low wages, high turnover, and inadequate access to training and education.
Better Data Lead to Better Policy
Federal and state data policies now call for integrated early childhood data systems, linking child, program, and workforce information. To ensure that these data systems include high-quality, comprehensive workforce data, CSCCE recommends the following state and federal actions:
- Adopt the Standard Workforce Definitions for data system development, reporting and research.
- Strengthen existing workforce data systems already in place—such as statewide registries, the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project, and NACCRRAWare/TTAM—as the foundation for the workforce component of integrated ECE data systems.
- Require all members of the ECE workforce employed in licensed child care settings and in settings receiving public subsidies, as well as all those who provide professional development and technical assistance to this workforce, to participate in state workforce data systems.
- Expand federally funded workforce research to identify effective approaches to preparing, supporting and rewarding teachers and providers who work with young children.
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