Suggested Citation

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). (2022) Early Educator Engagement and Empowerment (E4) Toolkit. Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California, Berkeley.


The E4 Toolkit was generously supported by the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Heising-Simons Foundation. The content is based on research from and about early educators and input from early educators and organizations that support educator advocacy.

Special thanks to the early educators who reviewed and provided feedback on this toolkit: Anita Miller- Tolliver, Chamika Jackson, Louise Cacatian, and Dr. Yohana I. Quiroz. Many thanks to the organizations and their representatives who also contributed to the review and feedback process: Amy O’Leary (Strategies for Children), family child care owner Dr. Patricia Sullivan (Early Care Educators of San Francisco), Stacy Hae Lim Lee (Children Now), and Susan Butler-Staub (North Carolina Early Education Coalition). Thanks to our colleagues in and outside of CSCCE for their support, guidance, and review: Dr. Abby Copeman Petig, Peggy Haack, Elena Montoya, Krista Olson, Dr. Marisa Schlieber, Rosemarie Vardell, Dr. Marcy Whitebook, Penelope Whitney, and Dr. Ashley Williams. Thanks to Anna Powell for her guidance and leadership on the design of the toolkit.

Prepared by: Hopeton Hess and Lea J.E. Austin. Edited by: Deborah Meacham. Designed by: Accomplice LLC.


The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) has been the national leader in early care and education workforce research and policy since 1999. 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.