Assessing Quality across the Center-Based Early Care and Education Workforce

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Assessing Quality across the Center-Based Early Care and Education Workforce

Evidence from the National Survey of Early Care and Education

Abstract

This study assesses variation in the quality of the early care and education workforce across various center characteristics using the nationally representative National Survey of Early Care and Education. We explore whether quality varies systematically by program type, funding stream, structural characteristics of centers, or characteristics of children and families served and explore whether trade-offs exist between quality and access. Findings indicate that the highest-quality center-based teaching staff are in programs that receive funding from Head Start and state prekindergarten, serve preschoolers only, operate during traditional hours or with fixed schedules and payments, and provide services to children with special needs.

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