Staff wages and benefits are important factors in a program’s ability to attract and retain a qualified workforce. Research shows that higher staff turnover is associated with lower wages in child care programs, so learning how your program’s compensation compares to others is an important strategy for fostering a stable workforce. And with widespread staffing shortages in the child care industry, compensation is more important than ever.
An important element of any program’s ability to attract and maintain a skilled and motivated workforce is employee compensation. It is essential that Head Start and Early Head Start programs attract and retain qualified personnel to establish and implement high quality program operations and services over time.