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The typical child care worker in the US earns less than $12 an hour

By Melissa M. Jozwiak, Associate Professor of Early Childhood, Texas A&M-San Antonio
Carl Sheperis, Professor of Mental Health Counseling, Texas A&M-San Antonio
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The American Families Plan, announced by President Joe Biden in April 2021, aims to make child care more affordable for parents. Importantly, it also seeks to ensure caregivers are paid a living wage – enough to meet basic needs given the local cost of living. If passed, all workers in child care and pre-K programs that receive federal subsidies would earn at least US$15 per hour. Preschool teachers and child care…

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