Caring for the Caregiver: Child Care Worker Wages and Health


Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Central Time

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To care for children, we must also care for the caregivers, including early care and education workers.

To better understand the health and wellbeing of child care workers, the Child and Family Research Partnership (home of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center) at The University of Texas at Austin collaborated with the University of Washington on a new Culture of Health Study supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This community-based study looked at the impact of wages on the mental and physical health of workers in child care centers in Seattle (WA), South King County (WA), and Austin (TX). Participants cared for children between the ages of birth to 6 years old.

During this webinar, attendees learned about the study and the intersection of wages and health for child care workers. Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and director of CFRP and the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, presented the findings.

The recording and materials are available here. Please contact us if you have questions about the webinar.


Cynthia Osborne discusses the work of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, which focuses on building the evidence base for effective state policies to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families. Read the full article
Vanderbilt University’s Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center (PN-3) just issued its annual State Policy Roadmap, exploring ways that the states (and D.C.) can improve conditions so infants and toddlers can thrive. The Roadmap focuses on 12 solutions shown
Paid family leave is one of 12 evidence-based policies in our 2023 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap, which details states’ progress toward adopting and implementing policies that effectively improve child and family wellbeing . As of