About Us

We are a 501c3 GuideStar/Candid Platinum rated non-profit membership organization composed of state early childhood professional development registries and early learning workforce allies. We work to strengthen state registries, standardize the equitable collection and analysis of workforce data, and cultivate space for collaboration.

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The National Workforce Registry Alliance convenes, organizes, and sets standards to help unify and guide the early learning professional development system across the nation. The NWRA is home to 44 member state registries, their staff, registry software vendors, national and international training organizations, non-profit allies, data professionals, researchers, and change agents committed to supporting those who care for children.

Collectively, we are vested in elevating the nation’s essential early childhood professionals, strengthening workforce development, and leveraging workforce data to inform progress with and on behalf of those who care for and educate our youngest citizens.

What the NWRA does:

  1. Provide technical assistance and member services to state registries and allied partners.
  2. Improve Early Childhood Workforce Data, Access, & Quality
  3. Guide Workforce Engagement & Professional Development
  4. Strengthen Equity Accountability
  5. Inform Research & Policy

What Registries do:

  1. Workforce Support & Engagement Infrastructure
  2. Emergency Broadcast System for the Child Care Industry
  3. Strengthen the Professional Development System, with verification and approval information
  4. Recognize, Track, & Report on the ECE Workforce (data collection)
  5. Support Child Care Licensing, with qualifications and tracking
  6. Contribute to Improving Quality in Child Care

The biggest thing for me, regarding the NWRA, is that there is a support system for us and we are not out here doing this work alone. Having a group to belong to and a national organization behind us lends power and credibility to our work.

Registry Director, 2021 , State Member
National Workforce Alliance Registry

Our Mission

The National Workforce Registry Alliance advances an equitably recognized and represented early childhood and out-of-school time workforce, by strengthening data quality and establishing professional development system standards for registries.
(Equity aligned revision proposed, on member ballot for adoption July '22)

Our Vision

Our nation demonstrates its commitment to quality in early learning through equitable compensation of a well prepared and adequately supported early childhood and out-of-school time workforce, by utilizing reliable workforce data to inform policy action and drive research.
(Equity aligned revision proposed, on member ballot for adoption July '22)

We love talking about our work and the impact of our efforts! Schedule an information session with your team or book a direct call to learn more. Until then, check out our slide deck with more information on where we are and where we’re going next!

2023 Public presentation NWRA

Our Reach

Coordinate a biennial Workforce Dataset composed of registry workforce data from eligible, contributing states. In 2021, 14 of 17 states contributed to this dataset. We are working to have 23 states participate in 2023. Our goal is to grow this pooled data to create the National Workforce Dataset.

Conduct the state's "Partners in Employment Reporting" (PER) review and compliance for states seeking inclusion in the national ECE workforce dataset.

Produce white papers, articles, and publications to highlight, inform, and strengthen early childhood workforce data collection efforts.

Membership services such as up-to-date state profiles, a public listserv for the community, a Directors’ listserv, coordinate national efforts, host a monthly Registry Peer Learning Group, Community of Practice collaboration efforts, and hold bi-monthly Directors’ Round Tables.

Provide national Training Organization Recognition to help remove obstacles to the time-consuming approval process required and unique to all 50 states.

The NWRA hosts an annual conference to encourage information exchange, networking, recognition, and to enact a national strategy to strengthen ECE and out-of-school time workforce data collection and support.

Leadership: We provide a unified, national voice on behalf of and access to the registries and the workforce they represent. We invest in and provide growth and development opportunities to guide state leaders and those who follow. with critical information related to data quality, workforce engagement, equity alignment, and reporting access.

Our Values


We treat our staff, our public, and our members with dignity. We listen thoughtfully and communicate effectively to each other and to the public. We honor fairness and diversity.


We are forthcoming and open in all our internal and external interactions. We are transparent and accountable to our members and the public. We take responsibility for our actions.


We engage with our fellow thought partners and national organizations, non-profits, universities, scholars, and leaders in the field to create a thriving network of mutually beneficial relationships with the common goal of contributing to strengthening the workforce and improving the quality of care and education for children.


We're investing in people. We do this by empowering our staff, partners, and allies and providing the highest quality service to our members and the public. We strengthen our relationships by offering our best efforts to visitors, constituents, colleagues, and collaborators.


We are passionate about our possibilities and our resources. Creative endeavors are tied to impact and accountability reflected in our Theory of Change.


We collaborate as a team, as partners with diligence and dedication, toward a common vision of a strong Professional Development System.


We approach our work with energy, enthusiasm, and a desire to create enjoyable experiences for members.