ERIC Number: ED350069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Caring for Ourselves: Wages and Benefits in Church Child Care. Policy Report #3.
Mitchell, Jo Bennett, Ed.
This policy report on compensation for child care providers is designed for use by directors, child care providers, clergy, board members, and other leaders in church-housed child care programs. Section I underscores the importance of securing fair compensation and reasonable benefits for child care providers in church-housed and non-church-housed child care programs, and urges churches to act collectively as advocates for fair pay and working conditions. Section II presents data from the U.S. Census Bureau and from state and local studies on wages, benefits, and turnover in the child care field. Section III reports on a 1982 study conducted by the National Council of Churches of staff in church-housed child care programs. Selected findings indicate that 25% of the directors, 28% of the teachers, and 70%-87% of the aides were earning less than minimum wage; and that employee benefits were seldom available. Section IV looks at ways the church and the child care center can work together on salary issues, and recommends strategies that churches and their child care programs might use to interpret salary issues to the congregation. In section V, guidelines are presented for expanding benefits. This section covers budgeting, salary objectives, benefits that cost nothing, benefits that cost a little, benefits with substantial costs, required taxes and benefits, and the cafeteria plan for delivering benefits. Section VI looks at strategies that have proved successful for raising salaries. Finally, Section VII presents concluding comments. (AC)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Change Strategies, Child Care Occupations, Child Caregivers, Church Programs, Community Attitudes, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Fringe Benefits, National Surveys, Salaries
Ecumenical Child Care Network, 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068-1456 (Members, $6; Non-members, $7.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Churches of Christ, New York, NY.