Toward Pay Equity: A Case Study of Washington, D.C.'s Wage Boost for Early Childhood Educators

This case study highlights the historical context behind the Pay Equity Fund, the vision and goals of the fund, early implementation successes and challenges, and future goals based on interviews with key informants, parents and guardians, center directors, and home-based providers. The goal of the Pay Equity Fund is to improve staff recruitment, retention, and morale and mental health, as well as program quality improvement and child outcomes. These findings can inform jurisdictions across the country as they design and implement compensation improvements for the child care workforce. 

Urban Institute
Erica Greenberg, Victoria Nelson, Justin B. Doromal, Heather Sandstrom, Soumita Bose, and Eleanor Lauderback
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22 pages
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