REPORT: The High Cost of Working in Early Childhood Education – Jan 2023

There is no doubt that high-quality early childhood education (ECE) is a win for everyone – children, parents, employers, and our economy. Yet this critical sector is on the brink of a breakdown. 

To understand the depth of the stress on the child care sector, Children First secured the support of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the Department of Labor and Industry to gather data from approximately 30,000 early childhood educators in Pennsylvania. Low wages, however, are only one aspect of the hardship these educators face, according to a survey of 3,429 early childhood educators who live in every county.