Explore Our Database with Strategies for Using ARPA and Public Funds for ECE Workforce Compensation

Are you looking for information on how to increase wages, provide benefits, or offer direct payments for the early educator workforce?

You can now access our public database of compensation strategies. Several states and tribes have shared details on how they’re allocating federal relief funds to the early care and education workforce. Thank you to those who have already submitted information, which is a valuable resource for other administrators. Our team will keep updating the tracker with new entries from the survey. Information you provide will aid our efforts to track how ARPA, CRRSA, CARES, and other federal, state, and local funding streams can improve compensation and provide relief payments for the workforce. 

If you don’t find your state, territory, or tribe in the database, we welcome your input. Submit information about how your state, tribe, or territory uses public funding for compensation or financial relief payments to the ECE workforce.

How to Cite the Information You Find in the Database

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (2021). Database: Strategies to Use Public Funds to Address Compensation and Financial Relief for the Early Care and Education Workforce. Berkeley, CA: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved from

How to Fill Out Survey

We are asking our partners working on ECE policies in states/territories/tribes to fill out this 5-10 minute survey, which asks specifically about programs and initiatives at the state and local levels that address compensation (wages and/or benefits) and provide financial relief payments to the ECE workforce.

Please add individual programs separately. We know that states may be implementing many programs or approaches to tackle these issues. When filling out the form, you will have the opportunity to report on as many as five separate programs/initiatives. The form also provides an opportunity to link to websites and/or related documents to provide more details.

How to Use the Database in Your Work

We hope the tracker will be useful across the field by sharing what works, barriers to implementation, and statewide progress on this critical issue. Regular updates will be provided. If you haven’t already, please sign up for CSCCE’s mailing list to stay informed.

Each row of the database provides information about a program or initiative. A link to the program web site is listed whenever possible. You can filter or sort the database using the column headers, such as by “State, Territory, or Tribe”, by “Funding Source”, or by “Strategy Type”. Cells are left blank when the  information was not provided or not available.

CSCCE will use this information to develop additional resources to support the field to understand:

  • How these compensation efforts are working;
  • What barriers exist to successful implementation;
  • The impact these efforts are having on the ECE workforce, children, and families; and
  • How these efforts are being leveraged for or integrated into broader and/or longer-term reform.


Thank you for your interest and help with this project. Please reach out to with any questions, comments, additional related materials, or suggestions for how we can improve our tracking efforts and guidance. Please put “compensation tracker” in the subject line.