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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center (National Center) at Child Care Services Association (CCSA) provides leadership in the early childhood education field to states across the country on the critical importance and value of an educated, well-paid and stable early childhood workforce.

The National Center works with states to advance advocacy, policy, funding and strategy development to ensure adequate investments are made to support equitable access to affordable college education, increased compensation and workforce supports leading to valued and sustained employment for the diverse and essential early childhood workforce.
State allies can call on the National Center to:

Support states in developing policy recommendations, execute advocacy strategies, and implement solutions that advance the early childhood workforce.

In response to the pandemic’s impact on the ECE system, the National Center is working with several state teams to improve and/or stabilize the (1) educational advancement, (2) compensation and/or (3) recruitment and retention of the early education workforce.

Help states collect and analyze their workforce data to drive policy discussions that will impact funding for scholarships and compensation for the early childhood workforce.

When the specific supports are a match for state needs, the National Center can provide expertise on helping them develop and implement two nationally recognized workforce support programs, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$®.