Exploring Staff Time Use in 30 Early Care and Education Centers

Exploring Staff Time Use in 30 Early Care and Education Centers

OPRE Report #2022-17
Published: Jan 31, 2022
Publisher: Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education (ICHQ)

Time frame: 2014-2022

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

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Katie Gonzalez

Key Findings
  • Teaching staff spent the most time providing instruction and care to children and planning for these activities.
  • Administrators spent a notable amount of time on center administration and planning on average, although, depending on their specific type of administrator role, they spent different amounts of time providing instruction and care to children and planning for these activities, as well as workforce development.
  • Both teaching and administrative staff spent time on center administration and planning. This included at least 10 percent of teaching staff time and at least 25 percent of administrator time spent on regulatory compliance and reporting—activities to ensure compliance with federal, state, and city agencies or programs as well as standards related to accreditation, Head Start, or state prekindergarten programs.

Preliminary results from the Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education, or ICHQ (pronounced I-check), project led by Mathematica and funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, help address this knowledge gap by shedding light on different ways that teaching and administrative staff in ECE centers use their time. This brief is part of a series of research briefs summarizing findings from the ICHQ multi-case study that collected data from 30 ECE centers between October 2017 and June 2018.

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