Although there has recently been an increased focus on the benefits and challenges of implementing a salary or compensation parity policy, little has been written about how these policies affect the ECE workforce directly. The purpose of this brief is to describe the effect of salary parity on the experiences of pre-K teachers from community-based ECE programs in Alabama. First, we provide a brief overview of ECE parity policies and describe the salary parity policy in Alabama. Next, we describe our methodology and key takeaways from interviews with directors and lead teachers in Alabama. Several key takeaways emerged from our conversations with ECE directors and teachers in Alabama. - With salary parity in place, there is an increased interest among teachers in joining the ECE workforce. - Salary parity may also be a useful strategy for increasing workforce retention. - Salary parity improves teachers' economic well-being but does not include other supports that compensation parity could provide. (author abstract)
Workforce perceptions and experiences with the Alabama early care and education salary parity policy
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