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Why Target ECE Workforce?. General economic returns/benefits To workers/multiplier effect To society/better child outcomes Political, economic potential Increased public, business, union support Economic recovery – window of opportunity Fix Market failures Inability to pay

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why target ece workforce
Why Target ECE Workforce?
  • General economic returns/benefits
    • To workers/multiplier effect
    • To society/better child outcomes
  • Political, economic potential
    • Increased public, business, union support
    • Economic recovery – window of opportunity
  • Fix Market failures
    • Inability to pay
    • Lack of information
getting from here to there
Getting from Here to There
  • Current workforce:
    • Low education levels
    • Very low compensation
    • Little or no career ladder
  • Keys to enhancement:
    • Route to higher education
    • Better compensation
    • Career ladder
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In mid-80s, Younger Teachers were More Often College-Educated than Older Teachers -- Like the Workforce as a Whole
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Today, Younger Teachers Are Less Often College-Educated than Older Teachers -- Unlike the Workforce as a Whole
proposal and cost
Proposal and Cost
  • Enhance qualifications, skills, pay @ each level of 1.85 million ECE workers:
    • Below HS  HS  CDA: (~50%)
    • CDA  AA ? BA/ECE PD (~30 – 50%)
  • Cost:
    • Lowest-paid in field, lift from $8-$12 to $13-$17
    • Mid-level ECE workers, those entering the field, add PD, $5/hr, ladder
    • TOTAL: $18.5 billion - $23 billion (with benefits)
policy strategies
Policy Strategies
  • New funding:tax incentives/legislation linking quality to reimbursement/salary
  • Reallocated dollars
    • Race to the Top ECE
    • Reinvest prison savings
    • Workforce Development Initiatives
    • Social Investment Bonds
tying funding to quality
Tying funding to quality
  • Through tax credits: individual/ teacher, reimbursement to ECE center , business, parents (LA)
  • Through scholarships: T.E.A.C.H.
  • Through legislation (PA STARS)
reallocation policy i rtt
Reallocation Policy I: RTT
  • Race to the Top offering new ECE grants
    • Target program quality
    • Focus on systems-building, collaboration
    • Sustainability key
  • Opportunities for job creation/growth
    • Using RTT $ to tie quality to compensation
    • Using RTT $ to enhance worker skills
reallocation policy ii corrections
Reallocation Policy II: Corrections
  • Logical connection: At-risk children drive many corrections costs, quality ECE helps
  • Financial and political opportunities:
    • Huge prison budgets w/ little/no safety benefit
    • ECE relatively small budget, so small % of set-aside can fund thousands of children
    • Same fiscal conservatives that support prison cuts can back ECE funding
reallocation iii workforce initiatives
Reallocation III: Workforce Initiatives
  • Federal/state grants for partnerships—training tied to ECE career ladders
  • Preference for funding to proposals that
    • increase compensation with training/step up
    • have a funding sustainability plan
    • Strengthen business/labor engagement
  • Use some $ to move unregulated home-based providers onto first rung of ladder
reallocation iv sibs
Reallocation IV: SIBs
  • In use in other countries, policy contexts
  • ECE presents opportunities, challenges
    • Evidence of future payoff
    • Prevention  major cost savings
    • Business, philanthropists taking interest

BUT

    • Estimating short-term savings difficult
    • Different savings by risk group, cohort, family and community factors – how to incorporate?
contact information
Contact information

Elaine Weiss

eweiss@epi.org

(202) 331-5537

Steve Herzenberg

herzenberg@keystoneresearch.org

(717) 255-7145