ERIC Number: ED389463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Salary Improvements in Head Start: Lessons for the Early Care and Education Field.
This report examines how Head Start programs have implemented teacher salary increases mandated and funded by the 1990 Head Start Expansion and Quality Improvement Act. It is based on quantitative data found in local grantees' and delegate agencies' reports to the Head Start Bureau on salaries and related questions, as well as qualitative data gathered from meetings with Head Start personnel. The report found that programs paying the lowest wages for each job category in 1992 reported the largest increases between 1992 and 1994, and that significant salary differences for each job category exist among programs. It also found that the educational level of Head Start teachers increased between 1992 and 1994, and that turnover rates remained relatively constant over the same period. The report recommends increased funding for the salary improvement project, improved salary data collection and dissemination, management training for program administrators to help them better implement the program, and improved program guidelines. Three appendices provide information on data sources, salary tables, and a list of the national Head Start regions. Contains 17 references. (MDM)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Guidelines, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Salaries
National Center for the Early Childhood Work Force, 733 15th Street, N.W., Suite 1037, Washington, DC 20005 ($10, plus $3.75 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Early Childhood Work Force, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Head Start Improvement Act 1992; Project Head Start; Salary Enhancement