The US Child Care Industry

Dresser, L., and J. Knauss. The US Child Care Industry. COWS, 2015.

The purpose of this report is to provide an accessible overview of child care with a special focus on the child care workforce in the United States in 2014. The broad questions that guide this document are:

  • What does the industry “look like”? What does this mean for workers in child care?
  • How has it changed and not changed over recent decades? And how have the skills and pay of workers changed, or not?
  • What are the strongest ways to enhance workers’ skills and wages building around an agenda of quality care and quality jobs for the future in child care?