Child Care Workforce

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) members operate more than 8,200 licensed child care centers, making ECEC the voice for tens of thousands of child care teachers and directors. These practitioners are among the experts in early care and learning, and they make an enormous difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children every day.

Research indicates a direct relation between the early childhood-specific training of the caregiver and the quality of care. However, resources to support and programs to provide training and education in the early childhood field are limited.

With more than 2.3 million individuals working in child care and early education across the country, from family child care providers to classroom aides and teachers, issues affecting the workforce are many and often complex.

There is a crisis in the early childhood workforce and it is time for a national dialogue to address appropriate qualifications, pathways to advancement, and recruitment and retention of teachers.

ECEC Resources

ECEC 2013 Policy Agenda

ECEC Policy Brief: The Child Care Workforce

Other Helpful Resources & Reports

Numbers and Characteristics of Early Care and Education (ECE) Teachers and Caregivers
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, October 2013

Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, March 2011

Fact Sheet on the Child Care Workforce
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, March 2011

Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2011.

Understanding Quality in Context: Child Care Centers, Communities, Markets, and Public Policy
Urban Institute, July 2010.