FAQs for Providers Participating in the Study

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) by providers and students invited to participate in the RAND Hawai’i Early Childhood Educator Compensation Equity Study.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of this study?

You may be invited to participate in the Early Childhood Educator Compensation Equity Study, which is in support of the Hawai’i Early Childhood Educator Excellence and Equity (ECE3) Project.

The Early Childhood Educator Compensation Equity Study aims to collect and analyze data on 1) the characteristics of the early childhood educator workforce and their wages, benefits, and working conditions, and relevant outcomes such as recruitment, training, and turnover; and 2) 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.

These data will allow for a stronger understanding of the landscape for current and future early childhood educators in Hawai’i and support the development of a strategic roadmap for advancing efforts to increase compensation for qualified early childhood educators.

Who is conducting the study?

The RAND Corporation is conducting the Early Childhood Educator Compensation Equity Study. RAND is a non-profit institution that conducts objective public policy research in many areas that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world. RAND’s headquarters is located in Santa Monica, California.

Who supports the study?

Hawai’i Early Childhood Educator Excellence and Equity (ECE3) Project is led by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, College of Education.

What will I be asked to do?

If you agree to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete a survey and/or participate in a focus group, depending on your role.

  • Center directors or family child care providers: RAND may ask you to complete a 15-20 minute online survey and/or participate in a 75-minute focus group via Zoom. Survey and focus group questions will focus on collecting information regarding the wages, benefits, and working conditions at your early childhood education program.
  • Teaching staff: RAND may ask you to participate in a 75-minute focus group via Zoom. Focus group questions will focus on working conditions, access to professional degree programs and professional development, compensation, benefits, recruitment, and retention.
  • Students seeking degrees or certifications in early childhood education: RAND may ask you to participate in a 75-minute focus group via Zoom. Focus group questions will focus on the barriers faced by students and ways to make ECE programs more accessible to prospective students.

What are some benefits of participation?

RAND will provide participating center directors and family childcare providers with a $20 gift card for completing the 15–20-minute online survey.

RAND will provide participating center directors, teaching staff, family childcare providers, and students with a $50 gift card for participating in a 75-minute focus group.

In addition, participation in this study gives you an opportunity to contribute to important public policy research that may help to improve compensation and working conditions for early childhood educators in Hawai’i.

Are there any risks to participation?

There are no direct risks for participation in this study. No penalties will occur if you choose not to participate.

What are my rights as a participant?

Your decision to take part in the study is voluntary. Even if you agree to participate initially, you may choose to withdraw your consent at any time using the contact information at the end of this brochure.

Will the information I provide be confidential?

Your decision to take part in the study is voluntary. Even if you agree to participate initially, you may choose to withdraw your consent at any time using the contact information at the end of this brochure.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

Direct questions about completing the survey or scheduling participation in a focus group to:

Ashley Woo, RAND Assistant Policy Researcher
(626) 675-0305
awoo@rand.org

Direct general questions about the study to:

Jill Cannon, RAND Senior Policy Researcher
(310) 393-0411 x6761
cannon@rand.org

Or:

Terry Lock, Director of Hawai’i ECE3 Project
University of Hawai’i at Manoa, College of Education
(808) 226-2148
locktf@hawaii.edu

Direct questions about your rights as a research participant to RAND’s Human Subjects Protection Committee:
1-866-697-5620 (toll free)
hspcinfo@rand.org
Please reference study #2021-N0688