The National Workforce Registry Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the executive summary for the 2017 Dataset Report for the Early Childhood Workforce, according to Rose Kor, Executive Director.

            The 2017 report is the third bi-annual report from the Alliance that highlights the characteristics, educational qualifications, and wages of the early childhood and school-age workforce.  “We are pleased to see that the findings in this report, based on administrative data from 11 registries around the country, continue to closely mirror findings from nationally-representative surveys like the National Survey of Early Care and Education,” said Joellyn Whitehead, Alliance Standards and Data Committee Chair.  “It reinforces the value of the accurate and timely data that is available to the 39 states with established workforce registry systems.” 

The featured analysis for 2017 focuses on the characteristics of professionals working with school-age children and changes in employment status for all workers between 2015 and 2017.  Teri Clark, dataset project lead noted that the ability to provide longitudinal analysis with the dataset will provide greater insight into the workforce in early care and education and out of school time.

            The executive summary of the report also provides recommendations for registries nationwide and for the Alliance.  State and regional registries are encouraged to participate in the Partnership Eligibility Review (PER) process which provides quality assurance for data aggregated in the Alliance dataset.  The report also recommends that the Alliance modify the protocols for PER to enhance the quality of data.  “The Alliance is committed to working with states to further enhance, strengthen, and support the work of early childhood and afterschool registries,” said Kor.

            The full report is extensive and will be released in smaller sections focused on topical areas early in 2018.  The summary is available here  Dataset Executive Summary.

            Dr. Wayne Mayfield of the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis at the University of Missouri is the principal investigator for the report.  Ms. Whitehead is the Data and Research Director at INCCRRA, in Bloomington, IL and Teri Clark is with the Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Professional Development.

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