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

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About the National ECE Workforce Center

The National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center is a joint research and technical assistance center. This center builds on the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) broader efforts 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.

This website serves as the temporary home for the National ECE Workforce Center. A fully-developed site will be launched in 2024.

 

"The National Early Care and Education Workforce Center will help states and localities support early care and education professionals—and, in doing so, support working families."

 - January Contreras, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Our Focus

The National ECE Workforce Center’s research, technical assistance, and other efforts are designed to examine and address the need for fundamental changes to ECE career advancement systems, compensation, and ECE workplace policies. We view these as key mechanisms for facilitating the successful recruitment and retention of a diverse, qualified, and effective workforce and essential to providing high-quality early care and education experiences for children and families across all early care and education settings and programs.

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

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Policies

Key Policy Areas

Qualifications & educational supports

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.

Compensation
& financial relief strategies

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

Workforce data

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

Financial resources

Public investment in the ECE workforce and broader ECE system.

Educators are SO Important

“Early educators are so important. But as a country we do not fully recognize or appreciate the important role that they play,” says Jenna Conway, Deputy Superintendent of the Virginia Department of Education. 

 

In this video, hear Conway talk about Virginia’s efforts to support the early care and education workforce. #WeWorkForECE

Selected Resources

A selection of resources for the early care and education workforce. A comprehensive resource library is in development and will be available on our permanent website. Visit Our Current Resources Page 

Events

  • Foundational TA Series Informational Webinar
    Foundational TA Series Informational Webinar
    Tue, Sep 26
    Sep 26, 2:00 PM EDT
    Zoom Webinar
    Sep 26, 2:00 PM EDT
    Zoom Webinar
    Join us to learn more about the Foundational TA Series designed for early childhood leaders seeking to strengthen the early care and education workforce through innovations in policies, programs, working conditions, compensation, and professional development.
  • Workforce Wednesday Webinar
    Workforce Wednesday Webinar
    Wed, Sep 13
    Sep 13, 12:00 PM EDT
    Zoom
    Sep 13, 12:00 PM EDT
    Zoom
    Sustaining Compensation Investments Beyond the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding This webinar highlights ways that state/ocal leaders are creating and sustaining ECE workforce compensation increases that were implemented using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and others.

“Our aim is to strengthen early care and education systems, policies, and practices via applied research and innovative technical assistance so that the workforce, families, children, and the country thrive.”

 - Dr. Chrishana Lloyd,
Research Scholar, Early Childhood Development, Child Trends
Co-Director (Research), ECE Workforce Center

Get Involved

Early Educator Leadership Board

We are developing an Early Educator Leadership 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.

For questions email

WorkforceCenter@ChildTrends.org

Research & Policy Fellows Program

We will soon be introducing an integrated research and policy fellowship program.

 

We will engage two policy fellows and two research fellows each year to deepen their expertise about the key issues impacting the workforce and to build research and policy capacity in the field.

 

The fellowship is a year-long, part-time program. Each fellow will receive a stipend.

 

Please stay tuned for more information.

For questions email

WorkforceCenter@ChildTrends.org

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Foundational Technical Assistance Series

Join the National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center for the Foundational Technical Assistance (TA) Series starting October 23rd.

 

The series is designed for early childhood leaders seeking to strengthen the early care and education workforce through innovations in policies, programs, working conditions, compensation, and professional development.

 

Participants will learn how to apply effective processes and levers to tailor strategies to transform the ECE Workforce and also hear about successful strategies from states and the National ECE Workforce Center’s collaborating partners.

Registration for the full series

is now open!

REGISTER HERE

 

The Foundational TA Series will occur at 2pm ET on the following dates: 10/23, 11/27, 1/ 22, 2/26, 3/25, and 4/22

Partner Organizations

The National ECE Workforce Center is a collaborative of six core partners, nine collaborative partners that provide consultation support, and ECE educators that will advise across activities. Each partner will continue to maintain a portfolio of independent work within their own organizations while collectively bringing decades of expertise to the National ECE Workforce Center.

View Our Organizational Chart

Child Trends promotes the well-being of all children and youth through applied research that informs public policies, builds the evidence base for what works, and mines data to identify young people who are overlooked or ill served by public systems. 

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The BUILD Initiative partners with state leaders to promote equitable, high-quality child- and family-serving systems that result in young children thriving and learning.

CSCCE provides research and analysis on the preparation, working conditions, and compensation of the early care and education workforce. They develop policy solutions and create spaces for teaching, learning, and educator activism.

The Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood improves the lives of young children and their families by providing exemplary services for the early childhood community. They conduct research that helps to advance equity and promote high-quality education. 

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The Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation builds a leadership development ecosystem to cultivate, sustain, and elevate early educator leadership that reflects the racial and linguistic diversity of the early care and education workforce. 

ZERO TO THREE translates expertise in the science of early childhood development into pioneering programs, field-leading training and resources, and responsive policy solutions. 

Collaborating Partners

“We have an opportunity to elevate the voices and expertise of ECE professionals engaged in this work, and that is fundamental to bringing about long overdue change in the areas of compensation, career advancement, and working conditions, and ultimately achieving an equitable early care and education system that is worthy of our youngest children and families.” 

 - Miriam Calderón, Chief Policy Officer,
ZERO TO THREE
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