ERIC Number: ED332793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Working in Child Care in North Carolina.
Russell, Susan Dana; And Others
This study was designed to: (1) obtain current salary and benefit information concerning child care workers in North Carolina; (2) profile the working conditions of day care workers; (3) determine the turnover and retention rates of day care workers and the factors that contribute to these rates; and (4) profile the day care worker and the factors that are necessary for the worker's continued commitment to the child care profession. Ten percent of all centers in North Carolina were randomly sampled. Responses were received from employees in 137 of the 257 centers in the sample. Findings indicated that child care is in crisis. Low wages are driving people out of the field and preventing well-educated teachers from considering child care as a career option. High turnover rates and a minimally educated teacher population contribute to a low quality of caregiving. It is concluded that policy decisions at both the legislative and administrative levels must begin to focus on solutions to the myriad of problems found. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Winston Salem, NC.; Knight Foundation, Inc., Akron, OH.
Authoring Institution: Day Care Services Association, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.
Identifiers: North Carolina; Program Characteristics
Note: Also supported by the Corporate Champions Task Force of Charlotte and Duke Power Foundation.