RAND Hawai'i Early Childhood Educator Compensation Equity Study
Mar 16, 2022
This report documents the low wages, few benefits, mixed working conditions, and lack of incentives for career advancement in place for the early care and education (ECE) workforce. The authors also provide long-term and short-term strategies for Hawaiʻi to invest in improvements that would help recruit and retain workers in the ECE field.
Addressing Compensation, Working Conditions, and Professional Advancement
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It is increasingly understood that a diverse, well-prepared, well-supported, and well-compensated workforce is essential for the delivery of high-quality early childhood programs serving children from birth to kindergarten entry. As Hawaiʻi has increased its investment in early care and education (ECE) programs, stakeholders have come to recognize that the state's investment in the ECE workforce has not kept pace with the resources going to the expansion of access to such programs.
This report documents the low wages, few benefits, mixed working conditions, and lack of incentives for career advancement in place for the ECE workforce. The authors also provide long-term and short-term strategies for Hawaiʻi to invest in improvements that would help recruit and retain workers in the ECE field.
Benchmarking Federal Information on Early Educator Wages and Salaries in Hawaiʻi
Early Educator Compensation in Hawaiʻi
Early Educator Working Conditions
Early Educator Recruitment and Retention
Early Educator Professional Development and Credential Ad
Policy Options for Supporting Early Educators
Financing Options for Supporting Early Educators
Road Map for ECE Workforce Investments
Methods for Data Collection and Analysis
Workforce Survey Results
Case Study Details
The research described in this report was sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, College of Education and conducted by RAND Education and Labor and the Social and Behavioral Policy Program within RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.
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