ERIC Number: ED343681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Wage and Benefits Survey of Child Care Center Staff in Montgomery County.
Montgomery County Dept. of Family Resources, Rockville, MD. Div. of Program Development and Planning.
In this study of child care center wages, benefits, and working conditions, questionnaires were completed by directors and senior staff at 129 centers in Montgomery County, Maryland. Survey findings on staff education and experience indicated that 34 percent of staff had a bachelor's degree or higher. A typical staff member had 5.5 years of experience, but 30 percent of staff had been in their present job for less than a year. Findings on wages indicated that average salaries in the county were $14,997 a year for the average child care worker, $16,515 for senior staff, and $19,614 for staff with a master's degree. The annual staff turnover rate was 34 percent. Results also indicated that over 80 percent of centers provided their workers with paid holidays, vacations, sick leave, and health insurance. Over 70 percent of centers provided annual cost of living and merit salary increases and reduced-cost child care to staff. Findings concerning staff attitudes revealed that factors which helped centers retain workers were enjoyment of working with children and fellow staff members. Appendixes include a list of six references, copies of the two survey questionnaires, and a copy of the cover letter that accompanied the questionnaires. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Dept. of Family Resources, Rockville, MD. Div. of Program Development and Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland