About the Study

The California ECE Workforce Study is being conducted by The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (Network). The study is funded by the California Department of Education: Early Learning & Care Division, First 5 California, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The California ECE Workforce Study is a statewide survey that aims to provide comprehensive information on the early care and education workforce, with a focus on the challenges faced by educators and providers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will survey approximately 6,500 early childhood educators (center directors and teachers, family child care providers, and transitional kindergarten teachers), and will provide a statewide, regional, and local picture of early educators working with children ages 0-5. Findings from the study will help policymakers and community leaders develop effective plans to support the needs of early educators and child care programs. The study will also serve as the foundation for an ongoing, comprehensive data system for the early childhood workforce in California.

Center directors and family child care providers will be randomly selected from lists of early childhood educators in California provided by the Network and the California Department of Social Services. If you are selected to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete a survey, which can be administered online or by telephone. Any center-based teacher or transitional kindergarten teacher working in California is eligible to participate in the study by completing an online survey. Depending on which type of educator you are and the form of survey you select, it should take you between 25 and 45 minutes to complete. After completing the survey, you will be eligible to receive an incentive.

The study is implemented by CSCCE and EW Research, an independent research organization located in San Francisco.