The 10 Fundamentals

Fundamental 7: Unique ECE workforce identifier with ability to link with program sites and children

Coordinated state ECE data systems that include a unique ECE workforce identifier help states better understand information about the adults caring for children. A unique ECE workforce identifier is a single, nonduplicated number that is assigned to individual members of the ECE workforce consistently across program sites and links across key databases. This workforce includes teachers, assistant teachers, aides, master teachers, educational coordinators and directors, and other individuals who care for and educate young children.

A unique ECE workforce identifier allows states to track workforce characteristics over time and connect the workforce to the ECE programs in which they work and the children they serve. The result will be a better understanding of the relationships among the ECE workforce, program site characteristics, the quality of services and child outcomes.