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Equitable compensation for the child care workforce: Within reach and worth the investment

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Compensation and benefit parity coupled with access to high-quality professional learning can sustainably transform the quality of early care and education in this country. We owe it to our children to develop a system that not only is capable of delivering on their individual potential, but also recognizes caregivers, who are disproportionately women of color, with respect, dignity, and equality. Achieving this goal will require significant commitment, bold action, and trade-offs as we balance the competing needs within the field. We look forward to continuing to imagine what is possible for a fully redesigned system at scale. Ultimately, significant investment from the federal government is required to stabilize funding so that child care providers can build sustained and predictable salary increases into their overhead costs. (author abstract)

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