This fact sheet highlights findings from an Urban Institute study examining the compensation of early childhood educators in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Early childhood educators earn $15 an hour, considerably less than public school kindergarten teachers. Hispanic educators earn just 75 cents on average for every dollar earned by their white counterparts, and black educators earn 84 cents to the dollar. The fact sheet reviews the costs and benefits associated with increasing educator compensation to achieve parity with public school kindergarten teachers.
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