Research Report District of Columbia Child Care Policy Research Partnership Study
Early Care and Education Workforce Survey
Heather Sandstrom, Peter Willenborg, Fernando Hernandez-Lepe, Timothy Triplett, Erica Greenberg
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This technical report describes the steps taken to design and administer a survey of early educators employed in child care programs participating in Capital Quality, the District of Columbia’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). The survey collected data on a range of topics including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on early educators’ employment and job earnings; perspectives toward Capital Quality; professional development and career plans; job qualifications, compensation, and employee benefits; work environment; physical and mental health; and demographics and financial well-being. The research team programmed the web survey in Qualtrics and administered it between February 24 and May 3, 2021. The report details survey response rates; the steps taken to clean, weight, and analyze the survey data; and characteristics of the study sample. A copy of the final survey instrument is appended to the report.

Research briefs presenting survey findings may be found on the project web page.

Research Areas Education Children and youth Workforce Greater DC
Tags Workforce development Child care Teachers Early childhood education Beyond high school: education and training Kids in context Washington, DC, research initiative Child care and workers Child care and early childhood education
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Cities Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV