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Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) is focused on achieving comprehensive public investments that enable the early childhood workforce to deliver high-quality care and education for all children. 

CSCCE conducts specialized research and proposes policy solutions aimed at improving how the nation prepares, supports, and rewards the early care and education workforce to ensure young children’s optimal development.

Our state allies can call on CSCCE to:

Provide research findings and insights tailored to their states.

CSCCE has extensive research on the child care workforce for each state, and can help allies use that research in new and powerful ways. CSCCE can assist by providing research and analyses to inform decisions; presenting to legislators and other stakeholders; and informing testimony, policy proposals, and draft legislation.

Help them strategize ways to leverage data to drive policy conversations about early childhood workforce compensation, data systems, and higher ed.

CSCCE can help state allies think about a comprehensive workforce strategy and the role of workforce policies in developing their overall early care and education vision.

Additional Alliance-funded support for state advocacy includes:

  • Development and promotion of the Early Childhood Workforce Index. An effective tool that compares states, puts wages in context of local living wages, and more, this resource can be foundational to ECE workforce advocacy in a state. CSCCE also works to disseminate the Index to the broader policymaking community through promotional materials that highlight ECE workforce issues, such as reducing racial stratification, increasing compensation, improving working conditions, reforming higher education, and improving the collection of data.
  • Tracking state and local efforts to improve ECE workforce compensation. CSCCE maintains a central compensation database in order to to better understand the “how” of compensation initiatives across the country, including how they’re funded, how funds reach educators, and how those funds are making an impact.
  • Developing policy-relevant, actionable research on the status of the ECE workforce and state efforts for change. Examples include: