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McLean, Caitlin; Austin, Lea J. E.; Whitebook, Marcy; Olson, Krista L. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2021
The "Early Childhood Workforce Index" provides a state-by-state look at policies and conditions affecting the early care and education workforce. This biennial report has tracked state progress since 2016. This third, 2020 edition of the Index continues to track state policies in essential areas like workforce qualifications, work…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Labor Force, Educational Policy, State Policy
Schlieber, Marisa; Austin, Lea J. E.; López, Enrique Valencia – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2020
This report examines the demographic, educational, and employment characteristics (including compensation and benefits) of staff employed in center-based ECE [early care and education] programs throughout Marin County. The findings bring attention to the low wages and economic insecurity of the ECE workforce, particularly against a backdrop of one…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, County Programs, Child Care Centers, Early Childhood Teachers
Gould, Elise; Whitebook, Marcy; Mokhiber, Zane; Austin, Lea J. E. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2019
California's child early care and education (ECE) system is underfunded, and California policymakers have not been willing to acknowledge the true cost of creating a comprehensive ECE system. Proposals for ECE reform have focused primarily on improving access and affordability for families but have ignored the elephant in the room: Early care and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Educational Finance, Budgets
McLean, Caitlin; Whitebook, Marcy; Roh, Eunice – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2019
Teaching in early care and education (ECE) programs is one of the lowest-paid occupations in the United States. Low wages for early educators are not a new challenge. Compensation has been low in this field since its inception, but only recently have the public, policymakers, and other stakeholders begun to appreciate the full ramifications of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Salaries, Wages
McLean, Caitlin; Whitebook, Marcy; Roh, Eunice – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2019
This is the executive summary for the report, "From Unlivable Wages to Just Pay for Early Educators." Teaching in early care and education (ECE) programs is one of the lowest-paid occupations in the United States. Low wages for early educators are not a new challenge. Compensation has been low in this field since its inception, but only…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Salaries, Wages
Austin, Lea J. E.; Whitebook, Marcy; Dichter, Harriet – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2019
Most early educators are paid less than $15 per hour, and many of them report high levels of economic insecurity evidenced by their worry about meeting monthly family expenses or paying for bare necessities such as food and housing. Coupled with low wages, few early educators can expect to work in settings that provide basic professional supports…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Costs, Teacher Salaries, Wages
Meacham, Deborah, Ed. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2019
When the Model Work Standards were first crafted more than two decades ago, they were built on the premise that quality child care jobs are the cornerstone of high-quality services for children and families. The intent of these standards is to make it possible for those who choose teaching young children as a career to reasonably and responsibly…
Descriptors: Child Care Centers, Child Caregivers, Standards, Fringe Benefits
Meacham, Deborah, Ed. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2019
When the Model Work Standards were first crafted more than two decades ago, they were built on the premise that quality child care jobs are the cornerstone of high-quality services for children and families. The intent of these standards is to make it possible for those who choose family child care as a career to reasonably and responsibly support…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Family Environment, Caregivers
Copeman Petig, Abby; Chávez, Raúl; Austin, Lea J. E. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2019
A number of apprenticeship programs, collectively referred to as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Early Educator Apprenticeships, have recently been undertaken in California. The programs were supported by two California Apprenticeship Initiative grants, four Workforce Accelerator Fund grants, and in-kind donations from individual…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Apprenticeships, State Programs, Teacher Education Programs
Copeman Petig, Abby; Chávez, Raúl; Austin, Lea J. E. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2019
Educational expectations are rising across the field of early childhood care and education (ECE) as a growing body of research demonstrates the critical importance of early educator knowledge and skills in promoting children's development and learning. Many ECE professionals eager to advance in their careers do not pursue further education because…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Apprenticeships, State Programs, Teacher Education Programs
Schlieber, Marisa; Whitebook, Marcy; Austin, Lea J. E.; Hankey, Aline; Duke, Michael – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2019
There is broad consensus that high-quality environments for young children depend on teachers who are skilled at nurturing their development and learning, yet low pay and inadequate working conditions routinely hamper teachers in their efforts to apply their skills and knowledge. This condition exists among teachers in early education as well as…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Characteristics
Whitebook, Marcy; Schlieber, Marisa; Hankey, Aline; Austin, Lea J. E.; Philipp, George – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2018
There is broad consensus that high-quality environments for young children depend on teachers who are skilled at nurturing their development and learning, yet low pay and inadequate working conditions routinely hamper teachers in their efforts to apply their skills and knowledge. This condition exists among teachers in early education as well as…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Teaching Conditions
Whitebook, Marcy; Hankey, Aline; Schlieber, Marisa; Austin, Lea J. E.; Philipp, George – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2018
There is broad consensus that high-quality environments for young children depend on teachers who are skilled at nurturing their development and learning, yet low pay and inadequate working conditions routinely hamper teachers in their efforts to apply their skills and knowledge. This condition exists among teachers in early education as well as…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Teaching Conditions
Whitebook, Marcy; Schlieber, Marisa; Hankey, Aline; Austin, Lea J. E.; Philipp, George – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2018
Early educators often do not have even basic expectations of working conditions -- such as program policies providing for payment for planning time, staff meetings, and professional development; a salary schedule accounting for experience and varied levels of education; and provision of health, retirement, sick-, and vacation-leave benefits that…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Background, Teacher Salaries
Sakai, Laura; Petig, Abby Copeman; Austin, Lea J. E. – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2017
In light of the changing landscape of state-funded public education and changing expectations for principals in elementary schools, researchers examined the status of New Jersey principal certification programs in order to allow policymakers, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders to assess the capacity of the state's higher…
Descriptors: Principals, Certification, Early Childhood Education, Young Children
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