ERIC Number: ED452993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
State Initiatives To Increase Compensation for Child Care Workers.
Twombly, Eric C.; Montilla, Maria D.; De Vita, Carol J.
Noting that wages for child care workers are among the lowest in the U.S. labor force and that generally caregivers are offered few employee benefits, this paper summarizes proposals and programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia to raise child care worker compensation. The paper classifies state-level initiatives into two categories: indirect strategies emphasize training, mentoring, professional development, and better reimbursement rates for child care providers; direct strategies provide benefits or wage subsidies to child care workers. The paper highlights five key findings: (1) by the end of 2000, 37 states and the District of Columbia had initiated programs to address compensation in the child care industry; (2) states in the northeast are the most active in pursuing worker compensation strategies; (3) indirect strategies are significantly more popular than direct initiatives to improve child care worker compensation; (4) the most prevalent initiatives are professional development programs; and (5) executive leadership appears to be a key factor in the development of child care worker compensation programs. The paper concludes by noting that fundamental questions remain regarding the effectiveness of the initiatives in raising child care worker compensation. The paper's two appendices describe information sources and present sources for predictors of child care worker compensation proposals. (Contains 44 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.