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Day Care's Unfair Burden [microform] : How Low Wages Subsidize a Public Service / Caroline Zinsser
Bib ID 5473751
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Zinsser, Caroline
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1986 
33 p. 
Summary

The first statewide survey of day care worker salaries and benefits, involving 4,844 employees from 413 day care centers, Head Start programs, and nursery schools, shows that day care workers in New York State, as in other states, are compensated with low wages and few benefits. For day care staff, neither years of experience nor educational achievement result in significant wage increases. New York State subsidies are inadequate. Wages are insufficient to attract and retain qualified workers. The staff turnover rate is high. Additional research reveals the high costs of low quality care and that few students are choosing college-based training programs in early childhood education as preparation for a career in day care. Day care is deteriorating in quality, with injurious effects to children and their parents, as well as to day care workers themselves. Present government policy perpetuates, rather than corrects, this situation. Data suggest a web of factors that must be taken into account in formulating solutions to these problems. Five important factors are (1) differences between programs, (2) differences in job categories, (3) local labor market conditions, (4) economics of operating individual centers, and (5) unionization. Eleven policy recommendations are offered and thirty endnotes are provided. (EH)

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Availability: Center for Public Advocacy Research, Inc., 12 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018 ($3.00).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Bias.  |  Child Caregivers.  |  Costs.  |  Day Care Centers.  |  Early Childhood Education.  |  Educational Quality.  |  Fringe Benefits.  |  Government Role.  |  Grants.  |  Nursery Schools.  |  Salaries.  |  State Government.  |  State Programs.  |  State Surveys.  |  Work Environment.  |  New York Project Head Start
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Center for Public Advocacy Research, New York, NY
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