ERIC Number: ED331604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
From the Floor: Raising Child Care Salaries.
Whitebook, Marcy; And Others
The comprehensive National Child Care Staffing Study confirmed that American children are in jeopardy because their teachers are poorly compensated and minimally trained. An increasing number of local and state efforts have begun to face this crisis head-on. This booklet reviews these efforts, focusing primarily on strategies for raising salaries. Examples of successful attempts to win salary increases by teachers' collective action are provided. Legislative strategies for providing increased salaries are described. These include nonspecific means such as reimbursement rates and quality improvement funds; and salary-specific means such as salary enhancement grants, Head Start staff compensation, scholarship funds, and loan forgiveness. Contributions to improving child care through increased worker salaries can be made by individuals and groups other than teachers. Descriptions of and suggestions for such contributions are given for: (1) parents, who can work jointly with caregivers, and should be kept informed by caregivers; (2) child care directors and their associations; (3) owners of for-profit programs; (4) teacher educators; (5) early childhood organizations; (6) resource and referral agencies, through informing parents of the need for a qualified work force; (7) researchers; (8) and employers. (BC)
Descriptors: Administrators, Advocacy, Child Caregivers, Collective Bargaining, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Labor Legislation, Labor Turnover, Parent Caregiver Relationship, Professional Associations, Promotion (Occupational), State Aid, Teacher Educators, Teacher Salaries
Child Care Employee Project, 6536 Telegraph Avenue, Suite A-201, Oakland, CA 94609 ($10.00; discount on 5 or more copies).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spunk Fund, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Child Care Employee Project, Oakland, CA.