The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California, Berkeley has released the third edition of its Early Childhood Workforce Index.

The Index provides a data-guided look at state-based policies and conditions for the early care and education workforce. The 2020 edition includes new analyses as well as updated policy indicators and recommendations.

The Index includes:
● a comparison of childcare worker wages and a living wage in every state;
● a comparison of pay and poverty rates between early educators with bachelor’s degrees and K-8 teachers;
● spotlights on state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic;
● detailed tables on state workforce policies and initiatives, especially for Qualifications & Educational Supports, Compensation & Financial Relief, and Workforce Data; and
● data on the U.S. territories.

Included with the Index are interactive features and detailed tables on state workforce policies, initiatives, and wages. In addition, the report includes individual downloadable state profiles, such as the Illinois-specific report below.