The State of the Early Childhood Educator Workforce: Misaligned Expectations, Earnings and Policies

  • IRLE CONFERENCE ROOM 2521 Channing Way Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States

Marcy Whitebook & Lea Austin, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, UC Berkeley

Early educators are among the lowest-paid workers in the country, yet the work they do is critically important for children, families, and the economy. The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at IRLE recently released the inaugural edition of a biennial report on the early care and education workforce: The Early Childhood Workforce Index. The report represents the first effort to establish a baseline description of early childhood employment conditions and policies in every state. Based on a series of measurable indicators, the report provides states with overall appraisals of their efforts to address persistent challenges facing the early childhood workforce, including policies such as minimum wage and paid family leave legislation. Co-authors Marcy Whitebook, Caitlin McLean, and Lea Austin will discuss key findings of the report and its implications for policy.

R.S.V.P. Margaret Olney, margaret_olney@berkeley.edu