The National Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Center, created by the Administration for Children and Families, is a collaborative staffed by six core partners: the BUILD Initiative, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley, Child Trends, DE Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood at UDel, Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at UMass Boston, and ZERO TO THREE. With a $30 million award over five years, the National ECE Workforce Center will coordinate and provide technical assistance and rigorous research to advance the recruitment and retainment of a diverse, qualified, and effective ECE workforce.
The BUILD Initiative will lead universal, targeted, and intensive technical assistance efforts with ZERO TO THREE, and many additional partners, through the team’s Learning through Action Consortium: All Our Kin, Child Care Services Association, EDvance, National Association for Family Child Care, Early Care & Education Pathways to Success, Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies, Start Early, National Workforce Registry Alliance, and the Donahue Institute. The focus and goals of the ECE Workforce Center are designed to examine and address the need for fundamental changes to recruitment, retention, career advancement, compensation, and ECE workplace policies.
The early care and education workforce – primarily women and often women of color and immigrants – has historically been undervalued and underpaid in the US education system. Their knowledge, skills, and well-being are undervalued because of longstanding racial and gender inequities. Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the child care sector has lost almost 80,000 jobs, or about 7.5 percent of its workforce since early 2020.
The National ECE Workforce Center’s focus and goals are designed to examine and address the need for fundamental changes to career advancement systems, compensation, and ECE workplace policies. The partners aim to support leaders to advance change that centers early educators’ expertise and leadership across the full range of ECE settings (including family child care homes across Head Start, Child Care and Development Fund, state-funded preschool, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and ECE systems (federal, state, local, and in tribes and territories).
Tonya Coston, BUILD’s new ECE Workforce Center Co-Director, stated, “I’m thrilled to be able to bring my experience and commitment to the National ECE Workforce Center to partner with other state and community leaders, educators, and families to promote thriving children and families.”
Since 2002, the BUILD Initiative has partnered with state leaders to create policies, infrastructure, and connections across agencies and organizations to advance comprehensive, high-quality, and equitable programs, services, and supports for young children, their families, and communities. BUILD helps leaders think and act systemically to address disparities and expand their networks to enhance their capacity to take action.
Read more National ECE Workforce Center here. Stay tuned for more information from the Center in the coming months!
Report February 20, 2024
Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Childhood System Plan 2024-2028 is grounded in equity, the science of child development, and a firm understanding that it takes leaders from early care and education, health, higher education and workforce development, housing, human services, and public education—along with families, communities, and the public and private sectors—to work together during this critical period of children’s lives. Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Childhood System Plan 2024-2028 outlines meaningful actions to better serve the 43,000 children born each year in Oregon and their families.
Archived Webinar January 24, 2024
These resources are from the January 19 webinar, We Can't Do It Alone: Partnering with Local Government to Advance Statewide PN-3 Efforts.
Report January 24, 2024
This resource highlights key strategies to help state and local leaders identify common challenges and actionable strategies to strengthen alignments between state, county and city governments and coordinate prenatal through age three agendas in their communities.