RAND Hawai’i Early Childhood Educator Compensation Equity Study

About the 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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For ECE Providers in Hawai’i

If you are an ECE center- or home-based provider in the state and have been invited to participate in the study, please see the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Study Timeline and Products

The project was launched in November 2021. The collection of information from ECE providers, college students, and Hawai’i stakeholders is expected to take place in spring of 2022.

Findings from the study will be made available in summer 2022 on this web page.