Many high-quality early care and education (ECE) providers earn poverty-level wages and may not be able to afford adequate housing, food, or healthcare. In addition, more than one-third of ECE providers are enrolled in some form of public assistance program, most commonly health insurance and SNAP. Research studies on the quality of ECE workforce have traditionally defined workforce quality in terms of provider education/training, job satisfaction, and job turnover. However, little is known about how the health of the providers themselves contributes to the quality of the ECE workforce, and in turn, to the quality of the ECE settings in which they work.
CFRP has partnered with colleagues at the University of Washington-Seattle to examine how changes in wages might affect the culture of health in ECE settings and the families and children they serve. The study is part of Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
More about our work in Early Childhood Investments > Child Care.