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A well-compensated, appropriately educated, diverse, and culturally competent workforce is essential to providing the high-quality early care and education.

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Quality Child Care Requires Investing in the Early Care Workforce

A well-compensated, appropriately educated, diverse, and culturally competent workforce is essential to providing the high-quality early care and education (ECE) programs our kids need to thrive. A new report, "Quality Jobs, Quality Child Care," tells us how to achieve this high-quality care while maintaining fair compensation and diversity within the industry.
American children and their families deserve affordable, nurturing, and culturally diverse learning environments, while teachers deserve to be well-paid and well-supported. The United States currently spends significantly less than most peer nations on early care and education—it's time to make a significant public investment in ECE programs.
"...efforts to raise the quality of jobs can and must be done in ways that maintain a diverse workforce reflective of the children served and that preserve the ECE field’s relative strength as a locus of employment opportunity for people of color, especially women."

 

—authors of "Quality Jobs, Quality Child Care"

Today's report is released in anticipation of tomorrow's United State of Women summit, and is part of TCF's contribution to the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research


Julie Kashen  

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Julie Kashen is a fellow at The Century Foundation with expertise in working families, economic mobility, labor, and poverty. She is currently the senior policy adviser for the Make it Work Campaign, helping to lead the campaign’s agenda on work and family, caregiving, and equal pay.


Halley Potter  

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Halley Potter is a fellow at The Century Foundation, where she researches public policy solutions for addressing educational inequality. Her work focuses on school integration, preschool equity, charter schools, and college admissions. 


Andrew Stettner  

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Andrew Stettner is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. His career as a non-profit leader spans 20 years of experience modernizing workforce protections and social insurance programs at every level, including community organizing, research, policy, and program development. 
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