May 10, 2019

The purpose of this project is to better understand the effects of state policies and funding decisions on the early childhood education (ECE) workforce, and how these system-level changes impact ECE staff and the children they serve. There are four main activities associated with this project:

1) Mapping and describing the geographic distribution of ECE staff within states.

2) Reporting on the effects of compensation parity policies on the ECE workforce.

3) Creating a forecasting tool for states to consider the costs and time associated with different ECE workforce policy decisions.

4) Highlighting innovative strategies states have used to strengthen the ECE workforce and promote effective early childhood systems.


Foundation for Child Development


UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Child Care Employment


Principal Investigator: Dale Epstein

Project Director: Kate Steber

Project Manager: Julianna Carlson

Task Leads: Rebecca Madill, Winnie Li, and Tracy Gebhart