SFCCPA August 12, 2016 News Update

There have been a couple of reports on the early childhood workforce released over the summer. The State of the Early Childhood Workforce (SECW) Initiative, a multi-year project, released an interactive index providing a current look at “workforce conditions and policies” nation-wide. Take a look at California and other states. Their work has been generating news articles across the nation. We’ve included the latest in this newsletter.

The U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services released a report, High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce, and a fact sheet, including a chart of 2015 median salary comparisons for child care workers by type, as well as kindergarten and elementary school teachers.

The State of the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative

The Early Childhood Workforce Index, released this summer, is generating news articles nationwide. Read the latest below.

The Index “represents the first effort to establish a baseline description of early childhood employment conditions and policies in every state and to track progress on a state-by-state basis to improve early childhood jobs.” See interactive index here. From this page you can find more information about the multi-year initiative.

The release of The Early Childhood Workforce Index has generated a number of articles in the news. Here’s the latest:

“How Rising Child Care Costs Affect the Workers Taking Care of Your Kids

The rising costs of child care have soared this year…But at the heart of the issue is a child care system that has been tough on parents and child care workers alike. As the cost of child care goes up, those working in the industry remain some of the lowest paid workers in the country.”

Read full article here.

US Department of Ed and HHS report

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released a report this summer. It “shines a spotlight on the gap in pay for early education teachers-97 percent of whom are women-and the impact that inequity has on schools’ ability to attract and retain experienced, high-quality staff with higher levels of education.” See the U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet here, and the full report here.