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White House, in partnership with NAEYC, NHSA, NWLC, and SEIU, convenes early childhood stakeholders to identify strategies to support the women who teach and care for our youngest learners

June 14, 2016

As Thousands Gather for the White House United State of Women Summit

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, early educators, academic and policy experts in the field, and agency officials, will convene at a White House United State of Women Summit follow-up event to discuss the state of the child care and early education workforce and improvements that need to be made. While cutting edge brain research has helped us understand the critical role of early educators in children’s learning and development, early childhood teachers continue to earn significantly lower wages than other teaching professionals, with no increase in real earnings since 1997 and few professional development and training opportunities. 

new report from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education found that high-quality early learning settings depend on a high-quality workforce, and that low compensation for early childhood teaching staff undermines quality. According to analysis in the report, in 32 states, the median annual earnings for a child care worker is below poverty for a family of three (i.e. $20,090 according to the 2015 poverty threshold). In all remaining States, the median annual earnings for a child care worker is below 150 percent of the poverty level.

WHATInvesting in the Women Who Care for and Teach our Youngest Learners – Early educators, policy experts and advocates will hold panel and group discussions on strategies to support the early childhood workforce, including the need to raise wages for early educators.

WHO: Cohosted by the White House in partnership with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

WHEN: Wednesday June 15th, 2016 from 9:00AM - 12:30PM

WHERE: NAEYC Headquarters -1313 L St NW, Suite 500, Washington


Media Contact

Sally Aman, NHSA,,202-262-8003

Sara Lonardo, SEIU, sara.lonardo@seiu.org202-412-2153

Maria Patrick, NWLC, mpatrick@nwlc.org202.588.5180

Stephanie Morris, NAEYC, smorris@naeyc.org202.232.8777