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A Look at Salary/Wage Scales for the Early Childhood Educator Workforce

This brief from Child Care Services Association provides states and cities with background knowledge to develop early childhood workforce salary scales. With early educators earning less than a living wage despite being credentialed, a salary scale can serve as a tool for state and local early care and education leaders to base compensation, increase wages, and drive recruitment and retention. Readers will walk away with key considerations for planning and implementing a salary scale both state- and city-wide.

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