Research on the Workforce

Research in the field demonstrates that child outcomes are linked to the educational qualifications of their teachers and that the education levels of teachers, along with specialized training in early childhood education, predict child outcomes in the domains of learning and development. Not only do the children in their classrooms benefit from a better-educated teacher, but the children of these women will also see a different educational future.


Below are links to research articles and papers that address the education of the early childhood workforce, issues related to women in low wage careers and student success.


Accessing Career Pathways to Education and Training for Early Care and Education Professionals (Manhattan Strategy Group, October 2016)


Raising Our Nation - Forging a More Robust and Equitable Childcare System in America (Ms. Foundation for Women, 2016)


The Early Childhood Index (Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2016)


High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce - Low Compensation Undermines Quality (US DHHS, US DOE, 2016)


Early Childhood Higher Education: Taking Stock Across the States (Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2015)


Child Care Workers Aren't Paid Enough To Make Ends Meet (Economic Policy Institute 2015)


Rising to the Challenge - Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families - A BUILD E-Book ( Build Initiative, 2015)


Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation (Institutes of Medicine, 2015)

Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation: Summary Areas of Recommendation


Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study (Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2015)


From Aspiration to Attainment: Practices That Support Early Childhood Degree Attainment, Los Angeles Universal Preschool’s Child Development Workforce Initiative (Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2013)


Working in Early Care and Education in North Carolina – 2013 Workforce Study (Child Care Services Association, 2013)


Promising Trends, but Discouraging Numbers, in Early Childhood Education Workforce (New America Foundation, 2013)


Remediation – Higher Education’s Bridge to Nowhere (Complete College America, 2012)


Low-Income Single Mothers at Community College: Recommendations for Practices to Improve Completion (Women Employed, 2012)


The Heart of Student Success – Teaching, Learning and College Completion (Center for Community College Student Engagement, 2010)


National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE, 2010 – 2015)


The Impact of Teacher Education on Outcomes in Center-Based Early Childhood Education Programs: A Meta-analysis (National Institute for Early Education Research, 2007)


Losing Ground in Childhood Education (Economic Policy Institute, 2005)


The Effect of Education on Child Care Teacher’s Beliefs and Classroom Quality: Year One Evaluation of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Associate Degree Scholarship Program (Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 1995)