ERIC Number: ED357863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
National Child Care Staffing Study Revisited: Four Years in the Life of Center-Based Child Care.
Whitebook, Marcy; And Others
In 1988, the National Child Care Staffing Study (NCCSS) exposed the minimally adequate and deteriorating quality that characterized many of our nation's full-day child care centers and linked this poor quality to the inadequate compensation available to child care teaching staff. This report describes a follow-up study done in 1992 to provide an updated portrait of typical center-based care. Particularly, the follow-up of the NCCSS provided an opportunity to conduct a longitudinal study of child care work force stability, assess any changes in program quality, and seek evidence of any increase in public resources in these centers. The sample consisted of 193 of the child care centers that were assessed in the NCCSS and that were in operation in 1992. Telephone interviews with center directors provided information about demographic characteristics of centers; staff compensation, stability, and benefits; accreditation status of centers; and availability of new funds. The data revealed three major findings: (1) teaching staff continue to earn exceptionally low wages compared to other, often less educated and less trained members of the civilian work force; (2) despite exposure to illness on the job, the overwhelming majority of centers offered their teaching staff no or limited health insurance; and (3) turnover of teaching staff continues to be high, and this high turnover threatens the ability of centers to offer consistent services to children. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Faculty Mobility, Health Insurance, Longitudinal Studies, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Salaries, Wages, Work Environment
Child Care Employee Project, 6536 Telegraph Avenue, Suite A-201, Oakland, CA 94609-1114 (Order Number NCCSS-2, $5, plus $0.75 shipping and handling. California residents add 8.25% sales tax).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Employee Project, Oakland, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona (Phoenix); Georgia (Atlanta)