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.
In the 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.
Data 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.