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Early Childhood Education Major + College Degree = Low Pay

We ask a lot of our child care and early learning providers.

We expect them to provide children safe learning environments, engage them in thoughtful activities and prepare them for school success. We prefer providers to have coursework, training and experience in early education and development, to know about and master content covering topics from safety to nutrition, physical development to cognitive development and partner with families on the milestones our children should be meeting.

But we don’t want to pay them for their expertise.

An NPR report, citing researchers at Georgetown University’s Center on Education, found an early childhood education degree among the least-lucrative of all college majors.

Quality child care is already unaffordable for many families, Yet we know those that do this important work are not receiving the wages they deserve.

Our upcoming release, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report, addresses the factors that contribute to the fees families pay, and how those fees translate into what providers earn.

It is time to ask the difficult questions and re-evaluate the current business model for quality child care. Right now, it’s not working.Image

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