Marketplace’s senior economics contributor explains how an unreliable child care system doesn’t just hold back parents.
One result of the ongoing staff shortage is that parents may have trouble finding daycare slots for their kids.
Low pay is still an obstacle to bringing people into the field, where employment is 10% lower than before the pandemic.
The pandemic has shown that child care in the U.S. isn’t working. Most early childhood caregivers and teachers don’t earn a living wage.
Hiring has been chronically tough for early childhood education jobs, especially during the pandemic.
The new contract means that more than 40,000 workers will see a bump in pay.
It's labor intensive, and caregiver wages are most of the cost. Still, workers, mostly women of color, make "near-poverty wages."
About 350,000 child care workers are currently out of a job.