MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The National Workforce Registry Alliance today released the Executive Summary of its biennial national data set during its annual conference.
The featured analysis from the data set includes information on the infant/toddler workforce and changes in employment status, education, and roles between the 2017 and 2019 data sets.
“Wages are a perennial problem in the early childhood field. Based on this year’s dataset, center-based lead teachers with a bachelor’s degree had a median hourly wage of $14.73, which is about half that earned by kindergarten teachers ($28.10) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also, within the 2019 dataset, those serving the youngest children—infants and toddlers—earned less than their counterparts serving preschoolers. These inequities need to be addressed to ensure that all children, especially our youngest, thrive in childcare settings” said Wayne Mayfield, Ph.D., principal investigator from the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, Institute of Public Policy at the University of Missouri.
“The Alliance is proud of the data that is collected from the Partnership Eligibility Review (PER) approved registries for the national data set and that we are able to provide the quality longitudinal quality data that can inform on the infant/toddler workforce changes in employment status, education and roles,” according to Kelly Smith, president of the Board of Directors for the Alliance.