The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) sample design called for construction of a national sampling frame of early care and education (ECE) center-based and home-based providers. The construction involved both national lists of ECE providers as well as lists collected from state agencies from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This document specifies the lists, with their definitions, that were collected and incorporated into the NSECE provider sampling frame. Although there is some modest variation across lists for center-based ECE providers, the variation for home-based ECE lists is much greater. The definitions of home-based provider lists are also relevant because of the treatment of home-based ECE within the NSECE design. The NSECE Home-based Provider Survey supports estimates for two home-based provider populations: listed and unlisted. Listed providers are those who appeared on state and national lists gathered to build the national provider sampling frame. The project team collected all home-based provider lists maintained by each state (and the District of Columbia), but the types of lists maintained by each state differed. Some differences in states' list-keeping are due to definitional differences, for example, whether or not there is a 'licensed' or 'registered' status for home-based providers within the state, and some are due to differences in listing policies, for example, whether or not the state maintains lists of exempt providers or those who are receiving CCDF subsidies but have no other interaction with the child care licensing system in that state. This document enumerates for each state its provider definitions and the lists it maintained at the time that the NSECE lists were collected from that state in the spring or summer of 2011. All enumerated lists were included in the NSECE provider frame and home-based providers sampled from those lists are classified as 'listed' in the NSECE Home-based Provider data. (author abstract)
NSECE documentation of 2011 state-level variation in lists of providers of early care and education: NSECE technical resource
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