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Leadership & Partner Organizations

The National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center is a collaborative of five core partners. We are staffed by 80+ individuals across our partner organizations, representing researchers, technical assistance specialists, subject matter experts, communicators, and project managers who collectively bring decades of expertise to the National ECE Workforce Center.

Child Trends promotes the well-being of all children and youth through applied research that informs public policies and builds the evidence base for what works for children, youth, and families, particularly those overlooked or ill-served by public systems.  

CSCCE provides research and analysis on the preparation and compensation of the early care and education workforce, and their working conditions. 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.  

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 ECE 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. 

The National ECE Workforce Center’s nine collaborating partners provide consultation support across the center’s work.

Lea Austin,
Committee Chair

Miriam Calderón, ZERO TO THREE 

Anne Douglass, UMass Boston

Rena Hallam, University of Delaware 

Tamara Halle, Child Trends 


Caitlin McLean, CSCCE 

Kathryn Tout,
Child Trends

Serving as thought partners and advisors, the Early Educator Advisory Board contributes to activities across research and technical assistance. Inaugural board members to be announced.

We are reviewing applications for our Integrated Research & Policy Fellowship Program, which will include two policy leaders and two research leaders to deepen their expertise about the key issues impacting the workforce and to build research and policy capacity in the field. We will announce our inaugural class of fellows in early May. You can learn more about this program here.

The National ECE Workforce Center is funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) with support from ACF’s Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD), including the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the Office of Child Care (OCC), as well as the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE).