The 10 Fundamentals

Fundamental 8: Individual ECE workforce demographics, including education, and professional development information

Demographics, education and professional development data are important to improve the understanding of how ECE workforce characteristics affect ECE services and child outcomes. These data include race/ethnicity, gender, age, educational attainment, experience in the field, retention and compensation. Data on professional development and training programs are also important, including information on the focus of the program content and delivery, funding sources, financial aid, and monetary rewards for educational attainment.

Demographic, education and professional development data on ECE workforce characteristics allow states to understand who is caring for their youngest children and which children have access to different types of teachers and caregivers. For example, do the neediest children have access to the most qualified members of the ECE workforce? In addition, information about ECE workforce demographics, education and professional development allows states to understand the relationships among various workforce and program site characteristics and child outcomes. Finally, tracking this information over time also helps policymakers make more strategic decisions about allocating professional development resources and better understand the impact of investments in education and training programs.

Demographic, education and professional development data on ECE workforce characteristics allow states to understand who is caring for their youngest children and which children have access to different types of teachers and caregivers. For example, do the neediest children have access to the most qualified members of the ECE workforce? In addition, information about ECE workforce demographics, education and professional development allows states to understand the relationships among various workforce and program site characteristics and child outcomes. Finally, tracking this information over time also helps policymakers make more strategic decisions about allocating professional development resources and better understand the impact of investments in education and training programs.