Stronger Workforce

New Research on the History of Racial Inequities in ECE Workforce Compensation, Preparation, and Stability

Foundation for Child Development Grants in Action

As a member of The Early Educator Investment Collaborative, the Foundation is pleased to share the report, Mary Pauper: A Historical Exploration of Early Care and Education Compensation, Policy, and Solutions. The Collaborative commissioned this Child Trends report to trace the history of systemic racism and sexism in the United States and how it has influenced current early care and education (ECE) policy and practice, particularly related to compensation and preparation.

The intent of this work is to build common understanding of major equity issues affecting early educators — historically and in the present day. The recommendations provide a research-to-action plan to advance racial, economic, and social justice in ECE workforce policies, as well as identify the specific state, federal, and local policies and practices that are inequitable and ripe for change.

About the Early Educator Investment Collaborative
The Collaborative’s goal is to help all early educators achieve their full potential as professionals to ensure that each child is prepared for success in school and life. Our vision is a country where there is no opportunity gap among children, where every child makes lasting gains in cognitive, social, and emotional development through their early care and education experience. We are working to link early educator professional competencies with professional compensation and to transform the preparation of early education.