Explore Our Research Areas


The latest data on educator wages and benefits and how they influence shortages, program quality, and teacher well-being. Policy recommendations on how to achieve equitable, dependable wages.

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Research and policy analysis about early childhood leadership and strategies to prepare and advance diverse leaders to be effective agents of change.

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Stratification & Equity

How race, ethnicity, and language affect roles and earnings, and how this stratification affects early educators and the children they serve.

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Teacher Development & Preparation

Research and analyses on higher education systems, faculty characteristics, and professional development needs, with policy recommendations to enable underrepresented students to succeed.

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Teacher Work Environments

The elements of a supportive, rewarding work environment that are critical to attracting and retaining skilled, educated teachers and supporting high-quality services for children.

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Workforce Data

Original research on the ECE workforce that fills the ongoing gap in state and national data. With a special focus on California.

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