National Survey of Early Care and Education 2019: 2017 - 2022

Project Overview

The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) 2019 builds on the data collected in the 2012 NSECE, which was the first nationally representative survey of Early Care and Education (ECE) supply and demand conducted in over 20 years. The 2012 NSECE data has improved our understanding about the ECE services available throughout the U.S. and how families with young children select and pay for child care services. The NSECE 2019 consists of four inter-related surveys to collect information about:

  • households with children under the age of 13;
  • providers of child care and early education services available to families with children ages birth to 5- years; and
  • workforce caring for young children in center- and home-based settings

The NSECE 2019 will collect data in a manner that facilitates comparisons with data collected in the NSECE 2012 and allows for examination of the changing landscape of child care and early education programs during that 7-year period. It will also provide answers to new research questions, including:

  • How have parental schedules, ECE costs, and parental preferences for types of care changed since 2012?
  • What are the characteristics of ECE providers and workers in 2019?
  • How do providers blend funding from different sources?
  • Which providers are willing and able to participate in the child care subsidy program?
  • How do parents seek help paying for ECE?

The NSECE 2019 is implemented through a contract with NORC at the University of Chicago, with partners from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Child Trends, and Mathematica Policy Research.

For access to the 2019 questionnaires and updates on 2019 NSECE, visit . Data users may contact NORC directly with any questions at

Data are expected to be archived at the Child and Family Data Archive by summer 2020.

The points of contact are: Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, Ann Rivera, Erin Cannon.