Toward Better Child Care Worker Compensation

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Toward Better Child Care Worker Compensation

Advocacy in Three States


Interest in compensation for child care workers gained momentum in the latter half of the 1990s because of the strong economy and changes in the federal welfare laws. Nearly three-quarters of the states have developed a strategy to either directly or indirectly raise the compensation of child care workers. This paper examines how advocates in three states (Georgia, Massachusetts, and Washington) introduced child care compensation initiatives in their states. It addresses three questions: (1) how is the issue framed; (2) who are the key players or organizations in promoting the initiative; and (3) what types of barriers or challenges are faced in getting the issue on the public agenda.

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