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National Workforce Registry Alliance Dataset Sheds Light on Infant–Toddler Educator Characteristics

Nikki Darling-Kuria, Kelly Smith, Jill M. Soto, and Joellyn Whitehead

Abstract

There are few sources of national data on the early childhood and school-age workforce. The National Workforce Registry Alliance is creating an important source of current, verified, longitudinal data on the early care and education field. The 2019 dataset analysis focused on the characteristics of infant–toddler educators to highlight the status of professional competence and identify areas for improving program quality. This article shares the history of the Registry Alliance and its vision for becoming a national contributor of data on the early childhood and school-age workforce.

The National Workforce Registry Alliance (Registry Alliance) is a private, nonprofit, voluntary organization of state and regional early childhood and afterschool workforce registry and professional development leaders. A registry is an information system for the early childhood and afterschool workforce that promotes professional growth and development; captures critical information about the workforce; recognizes professional achievements and milestones; provides data for compliance and quality initiatives; and informs administrators, innovators, and policymakers.

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