A new report Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study by Marcy Whitebook, Deborah Phillips, and Carollee Howes, offers recommendations to reinvigorate a national conversation about the status and working conditions of the early childhood teaching workforce.
Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages provides a portrait of the early childhood teaching workforce today in comparison to 25 years ago and calls attention to persistent features of early childhood jobs that require a new policy approach, namely:
- low wages,
- the absence of a rational wage structure,
- the low value accorded to educational attainment,
- pervasive economic insecurity and
- extensive reliance on public income supports resulting from unlivable wages
You can download the full report or executive summary on the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment website.
One of the four For Our Babies campaign pillars is High Quality Infant/Toddler care:
- Child care regulations that ensure that care is provided in safe, engaging, and intimate settings.
- Training, compensation, and professional stature for infant and toddler teachers at the same level as K-12 teachers.
- Childcare subsidies for all families
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