National Survey of Early Care and Education Fact Sheet (OPRE)

This fact sheet provides the first nationally representative portrait of center-based early care and education (ECE) in more than 20 years, using data from the newly available National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). ECE programs are described that serve children age birth to five years, not yet in kindergarten. Key characteristics include enrollment size, ages of children served, revenue sources, auspice and hours of operation. The authors found considerable diversity in the enrollment sizes of centers, with one half serving 50 or fewer children and almost a third serving more than 75 children. About three in ten centers serving children birth through age five years, not yet in kindergarten, offer fewer than 30 hours per week of care, thus limiting their usefulness for parental employment support. Center auspice data indicate that a bare majority (52 percent) of ECE centers are not-for-profit operations, with almost one third (32 percent) for-profit, and almost all the remaining (16 percent) run by government entities. Finally, two in three centers receive tuitions and fees from parents (68 percent of all centers). Slightly more, 72.8 percent, report at least some government revenue. Read more here.