2013 Workforce Study: Ohio Early Learning & Development Programs - A Profession Divided
Project Team: 
Strategic Research Group

This report analyzes key data based on program sponsorship, funding, or affiliation (as reported by the programs) and identifies differences between six
program types. A second report, General Analysis, contains comparisons with the findings from the 2005 study and follows the format of earlier  Childhood Workforce Study reports.

The purpose of this report is to provide a snapshot of the early childhood workforce in programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). In addition, programs are grouped into six primary types based on sponsorship, funding or affiliation as reported by the programs. And the picture is one of a profession divided. The primary groupings are:

  • School affiliated programs licensed by ODE and sponsored by non-profit public or private primary or secondary schools (107 programs)
  • Faith affiliated programs licensed by ODJFS and sponsored by a religious organization (217 programs)
  • For-profit centers licensed by ODJFS (340 programs)
  • Nonprofit programs licensed by ODJFS (221programs)
  • Other ODE licensed programs, primarily faith affiliated (80 programs)
  • Head Start programs licensed by ODJFS and ODE (95 programs)

There are significant workforce differences among these programs. These differences bear thoughtful consideration as policy decisions are made to develop a comprehensive early care and education system for all Ohio children.