WECA is excited to announce the release of a new workforce study, Child Care Professionals in 2010: The view from Wisconsin. WECA teamed up with the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee to help create an accurate picture of the strengths and challenges in the field today. A group of early education stakeholders were pooled together to determine the focus areas of the study: education, experience, job satisfaction, and compensation. In each category, a set of questions were developed to survey three distinct groups: child care directors, group child care employees, and family child care providers.
The study revealed positive trends in the workforce, including:
- Sixty-two percent of the survey respondents intending to pursue credit-based professional training and 41 percent planning to pursue non-credit training.
- A 14 to 24 percent drop in the Wisconsin early care workforce turnover rate.
- Only four percent of survey respondents claiming they were unsatisfied with their current jobs, and 96 percent claiming either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied”.
- Building on the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin scholarship program.
- Building on the R.E.W.A.R.D.™ Wisconsin stipend program.
- Developing and implementing comprehensive policies for professional development of the early care workforce.
- Developing an infrustructure for funding early care education.
To read the study, Child Care Professionals in 2010: The view from Wisconsin, in its entirety, click here.