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Why Do Parents Spend So Much on Child Care but Early Childhood Educators Earn So Little?

It’s a common question: Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet the people who work in the field of early childhood earn so little? The average cost of child care is out of reach for many families and rivals college tuition, while early educators and caregivers are among the lowest paid workers in the country. How is this possible?

 We know that high quality early care and education experiences provide lasting benefits to children, our economy and society. But given the critical importance of the early childhood period and the need to make sure our children have the environments and support they need for healthy development, our public investments in early childhood fall short.   The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley and Child Care Aware of America teamed up to create a new, short video to explain why parents cannot afford to pay and educators cannot afford to stay, and proposes a solution for a better way to support children, their families and early educators. https://youtu.be/NfK8BTX24sQ