NAEYC CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONS UPDATE
NOVEMBER 8, 2013
Several important reports were released in the last week, each of which is important. Taken together they create a compelling story about the need to invest in high-quality early childhood education for children, families and professionals. Some of these have national-level data, others have state-by-state data that can be helpful as you shape your advocacy materials and efforts.
Child Care Aware released its updated annual report on the costs of child care. In addition tostate-by-state data, it provides arguments for why investing in affordable, high-quality child care is critical to employers and the economy. The report provides data across states, and offers evidence for child care as a workforce support and a sound investment for our national economy. One of the findings is that in the last year, the cost of child care increased at up to eight times the rate of increases in family income.
Child Trends released a new report on the state of infants and toddlers, looking at a variety of health and well-being factors. It shows through much demographic data on a variety of indicators the significant inequities facing so many infants and toddlers at the start of critical years of development. The state of many of America’s families is fragile and highly stressful. The report also looks at how public and private supports are impacting infants, toddlers and their families, including parental leave, child care subsidies, WIC, developmental screening and early intervention.
This National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) brief to the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health And Human Services is designed to provide extensive data about both the professionals and programs providing early care and education to young children. Some of the early findings confirm long-held views of the field (i.e., largely female, under-paid) while others may be a bit surprising (e.g., number of early educators with college degrees). This study sought to include all settings, including licensed and unlicensed center- and home-based programs. It covers the size of the early childhood workforce, educational attainment, wages, and health insurance. (When reading this report, you might want to also read the recent study of the health and well-being of Head Start teachers in Pennsylvania from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
The Alliance for Early Success and Child Trends released this report on the need for state-level investments in birth through age eight learning to improve individual, community and national outcomes. It comes with a Research at a Glance brief. They discuss three policy areas of health, family support, and learning and policy foundations of standards, screening and assessment, and accountability systems. NAEYC thanks the Alliance for Early Learning Success for its generous support of the NAEYC Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative.
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