What is the purpose of the study?

Comprehensive data on California’s early childhood educators has not been collected since 2006. Since then, there have been many changes to the ECE landscape, and the COVID-19 pandemic has had (and continues to have) a major impact on ECE programs and educators across the state. Community leaders, advocates, and policymakers need current information about the ECE workforce and the challenges educators are facing in order to develop effective workforce policies in California. The study will provide a current and comprehensive profile of the workforce during the COVID-19 crisis from a statewide, regional and, to the extent possible, local perspective.

Who will be included in the study?

Center directors and teachers from both public and private programs, family child care providers, and transitional kindergarten teachers will be included in the study. Participants will be drawn from every region of the state.

How will center directors, center teachers, and family child care providers be selected?

Center directors and family child care providers will be randomly selected from a list of providers in the region of the state where their program is located. All center-based teachers working in California will be eligible to participate. We will distribute links to the teacher survey via center directors and through public email lists.

When will center directors, center teachers, and family child care providers be contacted if they are selected?

Educators selected to participate will be contacted by CSCCE/EW Research in Fall 2020.

How will transitional kindergarten teachers be selected?

Any transitional kindergarten teacher working in California is eligible to participate in the study. Our study partners will help us distribute the link to the online survey in Fall 2020.

What types of questions will you ask?

The survey includes questions on challenges educators face due to the COVID-19 pandemic; educators’ experience, education, and background; workplace characteristics; their role in the classroom; access to trainings; their well-being; and wages and benefits, among other topics.

How can the surveys be completed?

For center directors, center teachers, and family child care providers, the surveys are offered online as a web survey. For family child care providers, the survey is also offered over the telephone. For transitional kindergarten teachers, the surveys are offered online.

In what languages will the survey be available?

The center teacher and family child care provider surveys will be available in English and Spanish. The director and TK teacher surveys will be available in English.

How long will the survey take to complete?

For center teachers, family child care providers, and TK teachers, the survey should take between 25 and 35 minutes. For center directors, depending on program size, the survey may take between 40 and 45 minutes to complete.

How will you keep my information safe?

Confidentiality is extremely important to us. All responses will be kept completely confidential, and no names or personally identifiable information will be connected to survey responses. We will report all results in summary form, never for individuals.

Will I be able to see the results of the study?

We will publish a public report of the study in 2021.