Welcome to the 2023 California Early Care & Education (ECE) Workforce Well-Being Study

The 2023 California ECE Workforce Well-being Study will survey approximately 6,500 early childhood educators (center directors and teachers, family child care providers, and TK teachers), as well as about 2500 California parents/guardians of children birth to five years who attend licensed/regulated early care and education programs. This will provide a statewide, regional, and local picture of the well-being of early educators working with children ages birth to five as well as that of children, families and communities they serve. The study will also contribute to the ongoing, comprehensive data system for the early childhood workforce in California. 

Center directors, family child care providers, center teaching staff and TK teachers who participated in the 2020 California ECE Workforce Study and agreed to be contacted by CSCCE for future research will be invited to participate in the current study. Participation will involve completing online surveys at two different time points over two years, in March 2023 and March 2024.  To recruit additional TK teachers to the study, any TK teachers working in California are invited to complete the online surveys for TK teachers.  

After completing the second of your two surveys in March 2024 we will ask family child care providers, center teaching staff and TK teachers to help share a link to the parent survey with parents and guardians of children birth to five years who attend your group or classroom.   

Depending on which type of educator you are, it should take you between 25 and 45 minutes to complete each survey.  The parent survey takes about 25 minutes to complete. After completing the survey, you will be eligible to receive an incentive.

At the end of the first survey, we are asking all educators to indicate if you are interested in participating in a focus group. We will hold four focus groups after each survey with FCC providers, center directors, center teaching staff and TK teachers. We will select participants from those who indicate interest and they will be invited to participate. If you are selected, you will only participate in one focus group. 

The study is implemented by CSCCE https://cscce.berkeley.edu/.