Compensation Issues
Must Be Addressed in Planning for
Quality Rating Systems

The compensation levels of our early childhood workforce are often so low that some teachers and providers actually meet the federal poverty income eligibility requirements! The very workforce that we entrust our youngest children to, often earns only minimum wage. This is unconscionable.

Fortunately, there are advocates, public policy makers, teachers and providers working on initiatives, funding and programs that address this issue. Two of these organizations, The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment and The Center for the Child Care Workforce have been doing amazing work and have published several reports, including recommendations for supporting the workforce and improving quality. Ideally, early childhood teachers and providers would be paid at the same levels as K-12 teachers. We have a ways to go before we reach that reality. I will be researching programs, funding and initiatives that address this issue and as I find them, I will be adding them here. If you know of a program or initiative that should be listed, please e-mail me with the information and I will add it..

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