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Low Compensation Undermines Quality

The U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services released a last week that shines a spotlight on the gap in pay for early education teachers – 97 percent of whom are women – and the impact that inequity has on schools’ ability to attract and retain experienced, high-quality staff with higher levels of education. Among other things, the report found that while education and training requirements have increased for early education teachers, workforce pay has not. In fact, early learning caregivers and teachers with a Bachelor’s degree earn nearly half the average earnings of individuals with a Bachelor’s degree overall. In all states, median annual earnings for the child care workforce would qualify a worker with a family of three for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, which equals an income less than $26,124 annually.

Read the full report and review other key findings.

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