Center for the Child Care Workforce Records

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The Center for Child Care Workforce (CCW) was founded in 1977 as the East Bay Staff Education Project in Oakland, California. It underwent several name changes throughout its history, including the Child Care Employee Project (CCEP) in 1978, National Center for the Early Childhood Workforce (NCECW) in 1994, and its most recent name change in 1997.
The organization advocates for improved childcare quality through better wages and working conditions as well as providing professional development programs for childcare workers. The organization conducted studies on the conditions facing childcare workers, particularly low wages and high turnover rates, first in the San Francisco area and later on a national level. The group carried out one such study in the late 1980s called the National Childcare Staffing Study, which looked at the link between the quality of childcare and the pay and stability of teachers. This and various other studies as well as events like the Worthy Wage (WW) Campaigns and In Praise of Providers (IPOP) in the 1990s helped to raise awareness of the issues facing childcare workers. In 1994, the CCW moved its headquarters from California to Washington, D.C. In 2002 it merged with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) under the latter organization’s nonprofit Educational Foundation.

The Center for the Child Care Workforce Records cover the organization from its founding to its transition to becoming part of the AFT. Included are research and reports on major studies conducted by the CCW, notably the National Child Care Staffing Study, Leadership Empowerment Action Project (LEAP), planning documents for national Worthy Wage Campaigns and other special events. Also included are correspondence, fliers, pamphlets, reports, guidebooks, meeting minutes, press clippings, newsletters, audio visual materials including photographs, slides, and video and audio tapes, and memorabilia such as t-shirts and buttons.

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