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ERIC Number: EJ827350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Caregiver and Teacher Compensation: A Crisis in the Making
Cochran, Moncrieff
Zero to Three, v28 n1 p42-47 Sep 2007
This article provides an overview of what constitutes good-quality early care and education (ECE) and the staff costs embedded in these quality indicators. Caregiving adults and teachers are the foundation of quality in ECE, and their wages make up 70% of operating costs. Yet in 2000 only 18 of more than 700 occupations in the U.S. reported lower wages than child care workers, and ECE staff turnover rates are high. The author examines the limitations of relying on parents to pay for the cost of good-quality care and argues that overall public investment in American ECE must increase substantially to improve the quality of ECE from mediocre to good. (Note: This article is excerpted from the author's "Finding Our Way: The Future of American Early Care and Education," published by "ZERO TO THREE" in 2007; ERIC# ED500105.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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