The National Survey of Early Care and Education
(NSECE) was sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, and conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.
fall of 2011 national data collection began in 755 communities across all 50
states, including D.C. and concluded in the spring of 2012. Data was collected from four coordinated
nationally representative samples: households, center- and home-based providers
appearing on state lists, home-based providers not appearing on state lists,
and staff working in center-based classrooms.
The States of Illinois and New York sponsored supplementary
data collection that increased the power of the NSECE data to examine supply
and demand issues within those states. These data collection efforts were
conducted concurrently with NSECE main study data collection.
files will be made available to the research community in fall, 2014.
Participants of NSECE
The NSECE would like to thank each participant of
this exciting study. Your responses have
the potential to benefit federal, state, and local or community-level child
care policies. These new data from both parents and providers will enable
policy-makers to make more informed decisions about how to improve the fit
between what is needed and desired and what is available.
Policy-makers and practitioners at all levels are
trying to improve the current system of early care and education without full
information—essentially, treating the patient without being able to examine
him/her. Data collected from NSECE will provide
the essential information for an accurate diagnosis.