CSCCE provides research and analysis on the preparation, working conditions, and compensation of the early care and education workforce. We develop policy solutions and create spaces for teaching, learning, and educator activism. Our vision is an effective public early care and education system that secures racial, gender, and economic justice for the women whose labor is the linchpin of stable, quality services.
Policy recommendations in our 2020 Index are reflected in the American Families Plan and Build Back Better legislation.
National leaders like Senator Elizabeth Warren and the US Treasury cited our 2020 Index as evidence to reform child care policies.
Executive Director Lea Austin was appointed to the California Dept. of Social Services Rate and Quality Reform Workgroup.
Our research staff frequently present and provide expert commentary and technical assistance to local, state, and national policymakers and ECE organizations.
“These poor working conditions are not inevitable. They are a product of policy choices that have consistently let down early educators.”
Director of Multi-State and International Programs
We believe that public policies and investments should create the conditions that allow early educators to thrive, and we undertake our work in service of this goal. These values reflect our approaches and commitment to one another as team members, to our work with and for early educators, and to our collaborators, allies, and funders.
Justice and Liberation
Disruption of oppression in all its forms––systemic, organizational, interpersonal, and personal––is required to achieve justice and liberation for us all. We believe that our internal practices, external engagement, and partnerships should be undertaken in ways that are intended to affirm one another’s humanity.
All people have the right to experience dignity (economic and otherwise) in their work; to be recognized for their contributions to peers, organizations, communities, and society; and to be provided the ability to live a fulfilling life.
Research, Policy, and Activism
Research, policy, and activism are inherently interconnected. We believe in reforming the system through undertaking research, proposing policy solutions, and actively participating in change efforts.
We believe teachers have the right to exercise power in their profession and should be able to organize, free from interference. Radical reform depends upon early educators using their collective power to advance systems that support their well-being and effectiveness as professionals.
Educators of Color
The experiences, intellect, and leadership of women of color must be front and center in the struggle to overcome early educators’ systemic maltreatment, which is rooted in the historical and persistent undervaluing of work performed by people of color and women.
Learning and Discovery
To transform systems, we must discover new ideas and new ways of being. Learning with and from those whose voices have been silenced or ignored is essential to this transformation.
We have a responsibility to be good stewards of the data–narrative and quantitative–provided to us in the course of our work. We believe that data has immediate and long-term value and should be responsibly managed.
To support our own collective well-being, we must have the space to express the frustration and disappointment as well as the joy and celebration that come with change work.