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High-Quality Child Care Clearinghouse

Pathways to High-Quality Child Care

CED’s clearinghouse of early educator materials and data are intended to be used by business leaders,  policymakers, and advocates to strengthen the quality of the early education workforce, the key to high-quality programs. Children in high quality programs are more likely to start school ready to learn and have better health and academic outcomes. Strengthening the workforce involves: building competencies, improving access to higher education, and linking compensation strategies to professional development (through salary supplements, wage-based tax credits, and the provision of benefits such as health care, paid leave time, sick time, etc.).

We are grateful to the Foundation for Child Development and the Alliance for Early Success for making the development of this clearinghouse resource possible.

State Infographics

A high-quality early learning workforce is the cornerstone of high-quality programs. Refundable tax credits linked to early learning credentials or higher levels of education can help ensure that there is both an incentive to attain higher competencies and education and that such efforts are rewarded with wage supplements (refundable tax credits). To learn more about the demographics of young children in each state as well as the wages child care providers earn compared to other early educators in each state, select a state from the map or drop down list below. 

Early Education Compensation by State

Source: U.S. Bureau Labor Statistics

Children’s Brain Development: Understanding the Science

Source: Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child

Other Resources:

Background on Louisiana Tax Credit

Wage and Employment Research

State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

Cost of Quality Child Care:

Need for Data:

Additional Related Resources: