We work in partnership with the early care and education workforce.

The National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center is a joint research and technical assistance center. This center builds on broader efforts of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the early childhood workforce by identifying effective policies and strategies through research and evaluation, translating lessons from research for practice, and supporting innovations in states and communities through technical assistance. 

Featured Resources

Our collection of original and curated resources offers the latest research, practical guidance, and examples of innovation to inform the advancement of the ECE workforce. 

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Equity: Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

This resource guide developed by the Child Care State Capacity Building Center is designed to help build capacity to advance […]

Published 2023

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Early Childhood Workforce Index 2020

This report, developed by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, examines key policy areas in which states […]

Published 2020

Child Care Policy Roadmap 2023

This policy brief by the Alliance for Early Success highlights action steps that policy leaders in different states have taken […]

Published 2023

“When children and families see people that look like them, they feel like this is a place that they belong. So it really
creates an inclusive environment.” 

Ninderjit Gill
Early Childhood Education Faculty,
North Seattle College

Learn more about “Growing Your Own” ECE workforce below!   

“The advice I would give to others that want to grow their own program: First, they’re going to have to believe it’s possible. [Then] they’re going to have to map it out.”

Dr. Colleen Bowman 
Provost, Navajo Technical University

Learn more about “Growing Your Own” ECE workforce below!   

“Part of a registered apprenticeship program is giving salary increases at every step of the way as [apprentices] achieve more things.” 

Pamm Shaw
Former Executive Director, YMCA of the East Bay 

Learn more about “Growing Your Own” ECE workforce below!   

Key Topics

The foundation of our work is based on five key policy areas, or key topics, sourced from the Early Childhood Workforce Index created by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE).

Compensation & Financial Relief Strategies

Initiatives and investments to ensure compensation equal to the value of early educators’ work

Financial Resources

Public investment in the ECE workforce and broader ECE system

Qualifications & Educational Support

Policies and pathways that provide consistent standards for educators to achieve higher education

Work Environment Standards

Standards for providing safe and supportive work environments for early educators

Workforce Data

State-level collection of important data on the size, characteristics, and working conditions of the ECE workforce

Integrated Research & Policy Fellowship Program

The National ECE Workforce Center will soon welcome the first cohort of fellows for our Integrated Research & Policy Fellowship Program. The 10-month program focuses on the development of emerging leaders and the integration of research and policy/practice.  

The application period for 2024-2025 has closed, but you can learn more about the program here.

Early Educator Advisory Board

We are developing an Early Educator Advisory Board to ensure that the work of the National ECE Workforce Center is meaningful and impactful to the workforce.

Serving as thought partners and advisors, this board will contribute to activities across research and technical assistance and will be composed of teachers representing settings across the sector, including home-based programs, Head Start, community-based centers, tribal child care programs, and state preschools. Board members will receive honorariums.

Please stay tuned for more information.

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Apr172024

Grow Your Own ECE: Partnerships and Pathways

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

The National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center invites you to our webinar on April 17, 2024, from 12-1:30 […]

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Apr222024

Foundational Technical Assistance Series Part 6: Financial Infrastructure

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Using the five policy areas from the Center of the Study of Child Care Employment‘s (CSCCE) Early Childhood Workforce Index as a framework, […]

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Apr242024

Grow Your Own ECE: Nurturing and Supporting Talent

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

Join the National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center for the final installment of our Grow Your Own campaign […]