National Survey of Early Care and Education

The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) is a set of four integrated, nationally representative surveys conducted in 2012. These were surveys of: 1) households with children under 13, 2) home-based providers of ECE, 3) center-based providers of ECE, and 4) the center-based provider workforce. Together they characterize the supply of and demand for ECE in America and permit better understanding of how well families’ needs and preferences coordinate with providers’ offerings and constraints. The study is funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The NSECE used a multistage probability design and two independent samples. Because the experiences of low-income families are of special interest in public policy addressing early care and education and school-age care (ECE/SA), the NSECE oversampled low-income areas. The study used a provider-cluster approach for sampling all four surveys from the same small geographic areas. This approach allows the survey to document the interaction of the supply of and demand for early care and education where it occurs—in local communities—while simultaneously capturing data that efficiently construct national estimates.

A detailed discussion of NSECE methodology is currently available here.

Questions about working with NSECE data can be directed to nsece@norc.org.

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.

Recent Publications:

National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team (2015). Measuring Predictors of Quality in Early Care and Education Settings in the National Survey of Early Care and Education. OPRE Report #2015-93, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/measuring-predictors-of-quality-in-early-care-and-education-settings-in-the-national-survey-of-early-care-and-education

 

National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team (2015). Prices Charged in Early Care and Education: Initial Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). OPRE Report #2015-45, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/prices-charged-early-care-and-education-initial-findings-national-survey-early-care-education-nsece

 

National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team (2015). Fact Sheet: Provision of Early Care and Education during Non-Standard Hours. (OPRE Report No. 2015-44). Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/fact-sheet-provision-of-early-care-and-education-non-standard-hours

National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team (2015). Fact Sheet: Who is Providing Home-Based Early Care and Education? OPRE Report No. 2015-43, Washington DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/fact-sheet-who-is-providing-home-based-early-care-and-education

National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team (2014). Characteristics of Center-based Early Care and Education Programs: Initial Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). OPRE Report #2014-73a, Washington DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/characteristics-of-center-based-early-care-and-education-programs-initial-findings-from-the-national-survey-of-early

National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team. (2014). Household search for and perceptions of early care and education: Initial findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) (OPRE Report No. 2014-55a). Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/household-search-for-and-perceptions-of-early-care-and-education-initial-findings-from-the-national-survey

National Survey of Early Care and Education Team.  (2013). Number and Characteristics of Early Care and Education (ECE) Teachers and Caregivers: Initial Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). OPRE Report #2013-38, Washington DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/number-and-characteristics-of-early-care-and-education-ece-teachers-and
 
National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team. (2013). National Survey of Early Care and Education: Summary Data Collection and Sampling Methodology. OPRE Report #2013-46, Washington DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/nsece_summarymethodology_toopre_102913.pdf
 
Bowman, M., Datta, A.R., & Yan, T. (2010). Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand (NSCCSD): Cognitive Interview Findings Report for Demand Questionnaire. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago.
 
Bowman, M., Datta, A. R., & Yan, T. (2010). Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand (NSCCSD): Final Recommendations for the  Demand Questionnaire. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/final_demand.pdf  
 
Bowman, M., & Datta, A. R. (2010). Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand (NSCCSD): Cognitive Interview Findings Report for Home-based Provider Questionnaire. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/cog_interview_home.pdf
  
Datta, A. R., & Bowman, M., (2010). Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand (NSCCSD): Cognitive Interview Findings Report for Center-based Provider Questionnaire. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/cog_interview_center.pdf  
 
Datta, A. R., George, R., & Witte, A. (2010). Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand (NSCCSD): Final Recommendations for the Center-based Provider Questionnaire. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/final_center.pdf
 
Datta, A. R., George, R., & Witte, A. (2010). Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand (NSCCSD): Final Recommendations for the Home-based Provider Questionnaire. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/final_homebased.pdf
 
Datta, A. R., George, R., & Yan, T. (2010). Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand (NSCCSD): Final Report. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago.
 
Wolter, K.,  Bowman, M., Datta, A. R., George, R., Jr., V. W., & Yan, T. (2010). Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand (NSCCSD): Revised Sampling Report and Addendum. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/revised_sampling.pdf
 
Bowman, M., Connelly, J., Datta, A. R., Guiltinan, S., & Yan, T. (2009). Design Phase of the National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand (NSCCSD): Feasibility Test Report. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/feasibility_test.pdf
 
Guzman, L., Forry, N., Rivers, A., Kuhfeld, M., Wandner, L., Atienza, A., …Broege, N. (2009). Design Phase: National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand 2010 Compendium of Measures,  Volume 1: Supply-Side Measures.  Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago.
Available at: http://www.norc.org/PDFs/NSECE/NSECE%20Compendium_Vol%201%20Supply.pdf

Guzman, L., Forry, N., Rivers, A., Kuhfeld, M., Wandner, L., Atienza, A., …Broege, N. (2009). Design Phase: National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand 2010 Compendium of Measures,  Volume 2: Demand-Side Measures.  Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago.
 
Guzman, L., Forry, N., Zaslow, M., Kinukawa, A., Rivers, A., Witte, A., & Weber, B. (2009). Design Phase: National Study of Child Care Supply and Demand -2010. Chicago: NORC at the University of Chicago. Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/literature_review.pdf

NSECE Design Phase Reports at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

NSECE Analytic Reports at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

NSECE Data Files and Documentation

Project Director

A. Rupa Datta
datta-rupa@norc.org

Senior Staff

Marietta Bowman
Senior Survey Director

Jill Connelly
Senior Survey Director

A. Rupa Datta

A. Rupa Datta
Vice President and Senior Fellow

Carolina Milesi
Senior Research Scientist

Kirk M. Wolter

Kirk M. Wolter
Chief Statistician and Executive Vice President of Statistics and Methodology