The Early Childhood Workforce Professional Study is a project conducted by the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Social Work Research with the Texas Early Learning Council (TELC). The objective is to conduct a survey to provide reliable and current estimates of compensation and retention rates of child care workers in Texas. Sponsored by TELC, data collection and analysis will be conducted by the researchers at CFRI and the Ray Marshall Center (RMC).
Child and Family Research Institute at The University of Texas at Austin (CFRI)
Located within the School of Social Work and the Center for Social Work Research, the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI) is a partnership of researchers committed to producing quality research to guide policy and social work practice for children and families. For more information, please visit the CFRI website.
Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas at Austin (RMC)
Located within the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources provides an independent source of research and analysis on workforce development, education, and social issues. The Center partners with a range of stakeholders to conduct timely, relevant research and to translate that research into effective policies and programs. The Ray Marshall Center collaborates with CFRI to analyze data obtained from the survey. For more information, please visit the RMC website.
Texas Early Learning Council
In 2009, Governor Rick Perry established the Texas Early Learning Council (TELC), an 18 member advisory council on early childhood education and care. The mission of the Council is to improve school readiness in Texas through targeted strategies stemming from the Council’s four priority areas of parental outreach and communications, early childhood workforce and professional development, collaborations and standards, and data and quality rating and improvement systems. One of TELC’s charges is to develop knowledge regarding how much childcare providers earn, how long they stay in their positions, and their levels of education.