2018 Early Childhood Workforce Index Released from Center for Study of Child Care Employment

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Report
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2018 Early Childhood Workforce Index Released from Center for Study of Child Care Employment
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Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, UC- Berkeley

The Early Childhood Workforce Index 2018 is a comprehensive update to the inaugural 2016 edition on the progress made by states to improve conditions for the early care and education workforce.

The report finds that strides have been made in improving education and training levels of the ECE workforce, but they are largely not linked to policies and resources that address teachers' economic well-being. This condition persists despite widespread recognition of the importance of early care and education in shaping children's development, promoting the health of families, and building a strong economy.

The report also includes an updated About the Workforce snapshot, utilizing national and selected state-level data to illustrate the diversity, but also stratification within the workforce, as well as draw attention to the need for more nuanced workforce data. Specifically, the report documents multiple points of disparities that disproportionately impact women of color and those working with infant and toddlers.The report also features new analysis on earnings and economic security. 

The Index provides practical policy solutions that policymakers, business and labor leaders, and educators can use to address the crisis of low wages and economic insecurity among early childhood teachers and the lack of affordable, high-quality services for children and families in the United States.

For more information, visit CSCCE's website: http://cscce.berkeley.edu/