The Early Childhood Workforce Index is a biennial report that describes early childhood employment conditions and policies on a state-by-state basis. Providing states with periodic appraisals of their efforts based on measurable status and policy indicators, the Index is aimed at encouraging states to step up their efforts to address persistent workforce challenges. It is our hope that expanded and consistent focus on early childhood jobs will generate refined strategies and sustainable policies to attend to compensation and other issues that have gone largely unaddressed.
The Index provides a current appraisal of workforce conditions and policies across states. It is divided into four topical chapters
- About the Workforce provides a national snapshot of characteristics of the early educator workforce across settings and discusses state-level variation.
- Earnings and Economic Security provides national and state data on ECE workforce pay in relation to other occupations and presents new analyses of pay.
- Early Childhood Workforce Policies assesses state policies in five areas: qualifications and educational supports; work environments; compensation and financial relief strategies; workforce data; and financial resources.
- Family and Income Support Policies assesses state policies across occupations in two areas: income supports and health and well-being.