We are all aware of the woefully low compensation of early childhood teachers whether they are working in a center or a home-based setting. The median hourly wage of a child care worker in Minnesota is only $11.27 per hour. We know these low wages contribute to high turnover and workforce instability. Child Care Aware of Minnesota was recently awarded a National TEACH grant as part of the second round of “Moving the Needle on Compensation” projects.
Minnesota was one of four states to receive this grant. The goal is to raise awareness of early childhood workforce compensation issues as well as create new or significantly expanded policy, strategy development, implementation and/or funding to improve compensation. An 11-member Minnesota team will receive technical assistance from the TEACH National Center and investigate strategies such as wage supplements tied to education, professional development scholarships, tax credits, wage parity requirements and more. We are thrilled to receive this opportunity and thank the Alliance for Early Success and the TEACH National Center for their funding and support.
Find more about the Moving the Needle on Compensation here
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