Child Care Workforce

Workforce quality and compensation are major issues in child care. Low wages are common, particularly among teachers and caregivers serving infants and toddlers. State policies vary in terms of subsidy rates, wage supplements, and other policies that impact compensation; in education and training requirements for child care professionals; and in the availability of scholarship programs to incentivize educational advancement.

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In this research brief series, Child Care in Crisis: Texas Case Study, read about national child care issues through original findings from Texas, home to more than 10% of the nation’s children. The briefs explain the specific issues facing the child care industry and what states can do to support early childhood educators and child care businesses, as well as ensure that all families have access to high-quality child care. 

Our estimates indicate that Virginia’s investment yields substantial returns to children, families, and the state–including reduced poverty and child maltreatment, a lifetime of improved educational achievement, and hundreds of millions of dollars in state economic returns.

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center undertook an exploratory research process to both document New Mexico’s historic state actions and to develop a theory of change that connects these actions to their most likely outcomes based on existing evidence in the field.

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