By a Thread: How Child Care Centers Hold on to Teachers, How Teachers Build Lasting Careers by Marcy Whitebook
English | Dec. 2003 | ISBN: 0880993006 | 159 Pages | PDF | 1 MB
Whitebook and Sakai examine how child care programs and their staff subsist in a field characterized by low pay, low status, and high turnover, and what the impacts of these factors are on the quality of child care provided. Their study is based on an in-depth survey of 75 mid-size, relatively high-quality child care centers located in an economically thriving region. They collect data on salaries, training, and educational background for all teaching staff employed at the centers at three points in time—1994, 1996, and 2000. These data provide a detailed picture of the entire teaching workforce at the 75 centers in 2000 and allow a comparison of the workforce in that year to those in 1994 and 1996. This inside look paints a disturbing picture of a dedicated yet poorly paid, high-turnover workforce.