High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce

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Low Wages and Lack of Pay Parity Undermine Quality

Despite the importance of high quality settings to healthy child development and school readiness, many early learning workers earn low wages -- even when they obtain credentials and attain higher levels of education.

Low wages and lack of wage parity across early learning settings undermines the quality of early learning programs.

Read the newest report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education for a more in-depth look at wage parity for the early childhood education workforce.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 1 Year data (2014), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (2015); Head Start Program Information Report (2015).

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Alabama Wage Profile

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Alaska Wage Profile

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Arizona Wage Profile

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Arkansas Wage Profile

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California Wage Profile

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Colorado Wage Profile

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Connecticut Wage Profile

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Delaware Wage Profile

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District Of Columbia Wage Profile

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Florida Wage Profile

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Georgia Wage Profile

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Hawaii Wage Profile

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Idaho Wage Profile

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Illinois Wage Profile

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Indiana Wage Profile

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Iowa Wage Profile

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Kansas Wage Profile

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Kentucky Wage Profile

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Louisiana Wage Profile

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Maine Wage Profile

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Maryland Wage Profile

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Massachusetts Wage Profile

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Michigan Wage Profile

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Minnesota Wage Profile

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Mississippi Wage Profile

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Missouri Wage Profile

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Montana Wage Profile

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Nebraska Wage Profile

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Nevada Wage Profile

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New Hampshire Wage Report

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New Jersey Wage Report

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New Mexico Wage Report

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New York Wage Report

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North Carolina Wage Profile

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North Dakota Wage Report

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Ohio Wage Report

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Oklahoma Wage Report

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Oregon Wage Profile

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Pennsylvania Wage Report

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Rhode Island Wage Report

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South Carolina Wage Report

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South Dakota Wage Report

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Tennessee Wage Report

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Texas Wage Report

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Utah Wage Report

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Vermont Wage Report

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Virginia Wage Report

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Washington Wage Report

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West Virginia Wage Report

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Wisconsin Wage Report

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Wyoming Wage Report

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Puerto Rico Wage Report

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