ERIC Number: ED315194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-30
Reference Count: N/A
Rhode Island Child Care Salary--1989. Submitted to the Rhode Island Workforce 2000 Council.
Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children, Barrington.
A survey gathered information on salaries, working conditions, benefits, and turnover of early childhood providers in Rhode Island. The sample was drawn from 30 percent of the state's full-day care centers, part-day nursery schools, after-school programs, prekindergarten programs attached to elementary schools, and home day care providers. All eight of the state's Head Start programs were surveyed. A total of 96 center-based programs and 151 home day care providers received questionnaires. Response rate was 88 percent for centers and 60 percent for home providers. A total of 826 teachers, assistants, directors, and home providers were represented. Findings indicate that Rhode Island's early childhood providers are undercompensated for their skills, receive inadequate benefits, and are leaving the field for better-paying positions. Turnover is unacceptably high. In light of the tremendous growth in demand for child care services, these findings describe a service profession in crisis. More revenue must be drawn into the profession, primarily to improve compensation and working conditions. It is concluded that solutions will require a broad coalition of parents who use early childhood programs, persons who work in the programs, employers, and policymakers. A summary of the report is appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children, Barrington.
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island