ERIC Number: ED464715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Better Child Care Worker Compensation: Advocacy in Three States.
De Vita, Carol J.; Twombly, Eric C.; Montilla, Maria D.
Although the demand for child care in the United States has risen over the past 40 years, the supply of good quality child care remains both limited and costly, and the supply of well-trained and adequately compensated workers remains low. This study reviewed how advocates have moved the issue of child care worker compensation forward in the public policy arena in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Washington. The research addressed how the issue of improving child care worker compensation is defined or framed, identifies the key advocates in this policy area, describes the strategies used to promote better compensation for child care workers, and details the types of competition and tensions occurring when the compensation issue is raised. Information was compiled from several sources, including 80 personal interviews with representatives from government, business, the nonprofit sector, and child care providers. Among the major findings are that the robust economy of the late 1990s created a favorable environment to discuss worker compensation issues. Quality of care was the overarching policy message used in all three states. In each state, one or two initiatives were most prominent in worker compensation advocacy. A key individual or organization emerged to provide leadership for the issue. Several unions have been active in bringing attention to compensation issues. Each state developed a distinct structural arrangement and advocacy model to promote the issue. Competition was evident among groups in all three states, although the types of tensions varied. Implications for advocacy relate to increasing public awareness, building a broad and diverse constituency beyond child advocacy groups, developing concrete proposals, and seeking a steady stream of funding. The interview guide is appended. (Contains 34 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Change Strategies, Child Caregivers, Compensation (Remuneration), Cooperation, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Economic Factors, Models, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Massachusetts; Washington