ERIC Number: ED470252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
New Perspectives on Compensation Strategies for the Out-of-School Time Workforce. Working Paper Series. Report.
Morgan, Gwen; Harvey, Brooke
Noting that the quality, continuity, and stability of out-of-school time programs depend, in part, on the presence of a well-trained and fairly compensated staff, this paper examines the unique characteristics of the out-of-school time workforce that contribute to inadequate compensation and explores workforce compensation from an economic perspective. Part 1 of the paper focuses on the need for qualified out-of-school time staff and the need to consider the following factors in workforce development: no unified worker identity, irregular hours, lack of professional recognition, and the need for diversity in leadership. Part 2 describes the compensation problem from a variety of economic perspectives and considers: (1) supply and demand; (2) quality of after-school child care; (3) labor supply; (4) altruism among providers; (5) return on investment in education; (6) pressure to increase productivity; (7) joining forces with a new social movement; (8) educating the consumer to stimulate demand; (9) marketing to diversity; (10) the "flexibility" factor; (11) "systems" thinking; (12) out-of-school time programs as a public good; and (13) finance reform. Part 3 profiles promising compensation strategies and initiatives from the out-of-school and early childhood education fields to provide practical examples of how, in the absence of a national system, compensation is being handled on the state and local levels. Six approaches are detailed: (1) career development; (2) greater investments per child in portable subsidies; (3) direct investments in programs, staff, and quality; (4) better information for consumers; (5) upgrading standards used in licensing and funding; and (6) organizing the workforce and/or the community. (Contains 53 references and 43 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Change Strategies, Child Caregivers, Community Programs, Compensation (Remuneration), Economic Factors, Elementary Education, Financial Support, Labor Force, Models, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, School Age Day Care, State Programs
Wellesley Centers for Women Publications, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203. Tel: 781-283-2510; Web site: http://www.wcwonline.org/o-browse.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.; Wellesley Coll., MA. Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies.