Working in Early Care and Education in North Carolina Workforce Study

With funding from the Division of Child Development and Early Education, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) conducted a statewide survey of the early care and education workforce in North Carolina from March 2019 through March 2020. This study provides comprehensive data on teachers, assistant teachers, and directors in early care and education centers, family child care providers, and on the licensed early care and education programs in which they work. Licensed child care centers include programs operated by public schools, for-profit entities, and not-for-profit entities and include Head Start/Early Head Start and programs with NC Pre-K classrooms. The study focuses on the education, experience, pay, benefits, turnover and demographics of the workforce. It also provides information about features of the work environment where teachers are employed. Data are compared to prior studies to show trends over time across multiple domains.

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Lead Agency Child Care Services Association
Type of Lead Agency


  • Provides valuable information to policy makers, advocates, program creators, funders, etc. to guide decisions and capacity-building around early care and education workforce development.
  • Information from prior workforce studies were used to create such programs as the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood program, Child Care WAGE$ program and the Infant Toddler Educator AWARD$ program.
Next Steps
  • The results of the study are available for public use on our website.
  • If funding is secured, we would consider doing another study post-pandemic to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the NC early care and education workforce.


Primary Partners
  • North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral agencies
  • Early Care and Education center directors and teachers and family child care providers
Primary Funders
  • NC DHHS Division of Child Development and Early Education
Contact Mary Martin

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