Using Contracts to Support the Child Care Workforce: Thinking Outside the Box
This report provides an overview of different ways states can design contracts; it is based on a literature review and convening of 26 state administrators, researchers, and advocates. Contracts can bring stability that the field needs and provide more equitable supports around access, salaries, benefits, and professional development. The expert panel created a list of contract ideas such as shared services, bonuses and salary supplements, contracts for FCC providers, buying into state health insurance pools or retirement plans, substitute pools, mental health supports for staff and children, apprenticeship models, and scholarships for professional development. This resource supports the COVID-19 response and may help in planning for use of federal stimulus funds..