The Early Care and Education (ECE) workforce, or child care workers, who serve Los Angeles County preschools and its broader child care infrastructure is facing a crisis. The ECE workforce sector continues to face chronic recruitment and retention challenges. The pandemic has only exacerbated matters. But behind this setback lies an opportunity to link state funding for ECE workforce wage subsidies to local development initiatives. CA’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care is a starting point that serves as a roadmap for building a comprehensive early learning system that is good for families, working guardians, employers and our future workforce.
UNITE-LA commissioned Beacon Economics, an independent economic research consulting firm, to prepare The Economic Benefits of a Professional Early Care and Education Workforce in L.A. County, a report on the economic effects of paying ECE workers wages that match qualifications. Read the findings in the one-pager and full report below.
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