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This report identifies the demographic, education, and employment characteristics, including compensation and workplace conditions, of Alameda County’s early care and education workforce in centers that serve children prior to kindergarten. The report offers comparisons to the last study conducted in 2006 and includes a new area of examination related to the working conditions and professional activities of teaching staff.

Identifying similar data for early educators working in licensed family child care programs remains as important as for those in center-based programs but was not within the scope of this study.