Fact Sheet Center Directors View Teacher Wage Supplements as Benefiting the Child Care Field
Reflections on the DC Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund
Elli Nikolopoulos, Justin B. Doromal, Erica Greenberg, Heather Sandstrom, Victoria Nelson, Eve Mefferd
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This fact sheet shares survey findings from directors of 157 child development centers in the District of Columbia (DC) in summer 2023. Findings describe directors’ perceptions of direct wage supplements provided to early educators through DC’s Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund and implications for their facilities and the child care field. Directors reflect on the benefits of the Pay Equity Fund for recruitment, retention, and pay equity between early educators and public school teachers. They also note challenges for nonteaching staff who ineligible for the Pay Equity Fund.

Research Areas Children and youth Workforce Wealth and financial well-being Greater DC
Tags Child care Child care and early childhood education Early childhood education Job markets and labor force Job quality and workplace standards
Policy Centers Center on Education Data and Policy Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Research Methods Data collection Data analysis Qualitative data analysis Quantitative data analysis
States District of Columbia
Cities Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
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