The following reports and articles provide enlightening information on the landscape that early childhood providers in New York City, New York state and beyond must navigate as we strive to provide quality services.
New York Early Childhood Development Institute: "Stabilizing New York City's Child Care Services" by Nilesh Patel, Director, DCCNY Labor Relations and Mediation Services - September 30, 2016
New York Daily News: "City Day Care Providers Approve $145 Deal to Hike Salaries for 2,700 Staffers" - September 28, 2016
DNAInfo: "City-Funded Preschool Workers Approve New Contract" - September 28, 2016
Crains: "City Day Care Workers Ratify Contract, Will Switch to MetroPlus Health Plan" - September 28, 2016
CSA-Council of Supervisors and Administrators: "District Council 1707 and Day Care Council Reach Contract Agreement" - September 28, 2016
NY Times Opinion-Editorial: "Affordable Child Care: The Secret to a Better Economy" - August 2016: “After all, affordable high-quality child care is one remedy to the long stagnation in wages afflicting most of the work force. It is also an antidote to the waning productivity that threatens future living standards.” This article, written by the New York Times editorial board lays out an old argument in a way that may be prove to be very useful as we reach out to New York business leaders.
The Century Foundation - June 2016: A well-compensated, appropriately educated, diverse, and culturally competent workforce is essential to providing the high-quality early care and education (ECE) programs our kids need to thrive. A new report, "Quality Jobs, Quality Child Care," tells us how to achieve this high-quality care while maintaining fair compensation and diversity within the industry.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - June 2016: The report “High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce” documents that despite the importance of high quality settings to healthy child development and school readiness, many early learning workers earn low wages -- even when they obtain credentials and attain higher levels of education. Low wages and lack of wage parity across early learning settings undermines the quality of early learning programs.
Economic Policy Institute - June 2016: The new report, “New York State Leads Nation in Income Inequality,” provides extensive data on income inequality, including the average incomes of the top 1 percent, the income required to be in the top 1 percent, and the gap between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent in every county and state as well as in 916 metropolitan areas. The authors found that, between 2009 and 2013, the top 1 percent captured 85 percent of total income growth in the United States, while the top 1 percent garnered 31 percent of all the income in New York State in 2013.