ERIC Number: ED401017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Investing in Child Care Jobs in Low-Income Communities: A Special Report from the National Center for the Early Childhood Work Force.
National Center for the Early Childhood Work Force, Washington, DC.
Child care is a prevalent service need among parents of young children and a major employment option for women. Low compensation for child care teachers/providers contributes to the cycle of poverty because poor women have little access to training, education, and other avenues of career advancement. Mandatory employment for welfare recipients will create a demand for child care services which can be met by a portion of the women who must find employment. However, without a guarantee of adequate training, support, and compensation, the quality of the new child care services will be inadequate. The U.S. Army Child Development Services and Head Start are cited as examples of sectors of the field which offer adequate compensation and stability. A national survey has identified a variety of program options to increase low-income women's access to higher paying child care jobs. This study consulted with 100 individuals and organizations to target promising initiatives, and then conducted 16 interviews with program directors and advisors. Five programs are profiled in this report: (1) Child Care Careers Program in Boston, Massachusetts; (2) Minnesota Child Care Apprentice/Mentor Program in Minneapolis; (3) TEACH Early Childhood Project in North Carolina; (4) Chicago Commons in Chicago, Illinois; and (5) Childspace Management Group, Inc., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Common obstacles to creating decent paying child care jobs and standards for success for effective training and employment in child care jobs are discussed. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Early Childhood Education, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Interviews, Job Training, Labor Needs, Low Income Groups, National Surveys, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Early Childhood Work Force, Washington, DC.