RAND Hawai’i Early Childhood Educator Compensation Equity Study
The University of Hawai’i at Manoa has partnered with the RAND Corporation to conduct the Early Childhood Educator Compensation Equity Study as part of the Hawai’i Early Childhood Educator Excellence and Equity Project (ECE3). The goal of this study is to better understand the characteristics of the early childhood educator workforce in Hawai’i and their wages, benefits, and working conditions, as well as relevant outcomes such as recruitment, training, and turnover. We also seek to understand the challenges that students in Hawai’i face in completing bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education as well as potential solutions for addressing identified barriers.
This information may help to accelerate efforts to increase compensation for qualified early childhood educators in Hawai’i and therefore support retention of a high-quality workforce and the establishment of high-quality early childhood education programs.
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A diverse, well-supported, and well-compensated workforce is essential for the delivery of high-quality early care and education (ECE) programs. What does the employment landscape look like for the ECE workforce in Hawai'i and what policy strategies can improve their compensation and working conditions?