Child Care Workforce

Workforce quality and compensation are major issues in child care. Low wages are common, particularly among teachers and caregivers serving infants and toddlers. State policies vary in terms of subsidy rates, wage supplements, and other policies that impact compensation; in education and training requirements for child care professionals; and in the availability of scholarship programs to incentivize educational advancement.


In this research brief series, Child Care in Crisis: Texas Case Study, read about national child care issues through original findings from Texas, home to more than 10% of the nation’s children. The briefs explain the specific issues facing the child care industry and what states can do to support early childhood educators and child care businesses, as well as ensure that all families have access to high-quality child care.

The Latest

Throughout the nation, states are struggling to keep their child care industries afloat. Decades of underinvestment and a global pandemic threatened a near-total collapse of the system, held off only by temporary pandemic-era funding that
American child care has long been a broken system, despite being a critical backbone of the nation’s economy and education.  When COVID hit and K-12 schools closed, many child care providers — suddenly deemed essential
In the past several months, legislatures throughout the United States passed transformative policies for children and families. This exciting, evidence-based legislation includes a historic investment in child care in Vermont, Medicaid expansion in North Carolina,
“Life is complicated, and to understand it as researchers and scholars…well, we have our work cut out for us,“ said Dr. Deborah Vandell at the Society for Research in Child Development’s multidisciplinary conference. Hundreds of
In addition to conducting research and evaluating evidence, at the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, we also track state legislation and administrative action impacting young children and their families. These efforts provide us with context to