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New Report Advocates for Livable Wages for Early Childhood Educators

Professor of Psychology Deborah Phillips was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences. Photo by Tess O'Connor.

Professor Deborah Phillips co-authored a report on the early childhood education workforce. Photo by Tess O’Connor.

November 18, 2014—Professor of Psychology Deborah Phillips and her colleagues Marcy Whitebook and Carollee Howes have authored a comprehensive report entitled Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study.

Published in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE), the report compares today’s early childhood teaching workforce to what it was 25 years ago.

CSCCE writes, “In addition to examining trends in center-based teachers’ education, wages and turnover, the report includes new evidence examining economic insecurity and use of public benefits among this predominantly female, ethnically diverse workforce.”

The report also examines state and national efforts to improve early childhood teaching jobs, and “offers recommendations aimed at reinvigorating a national conversation about the status and working conditions of the more than two million teaching staff who work in our nation’s early care and education settings.”

To learn more, visit the center’s website. The full report is also available online.