In January 2017, the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center (Center), with grant funding from the Alliance for Early Success and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, announced grants to eight state teams (FL, IN, IA, MI, NE, NC, TX and WI) to raise the awareness of early childhood workforce compensation issues and create new or significantly expand policy, strategy development and implementation and funding to improve the compensation of the early education teaching workforce in participating states. In September 2018, following on the heels of these states, three new states (MN, OH and RI) were invited to participate in a second cohort, with TX and MI invited back from the first cohort, to address, once again, improving compensation of the early education teaching workforce through a state team approach. In September 2019, as TX and MI finished two years on the project, two additional states, NJ and AL, joined continuing states MN, OH and RI, on the project.  

Moving the Needle on ECE  Workforce Compensation State Accomplishment Briefs

Moving the Needle on ECE  Workforce Compensation

To move the needle on compensation in their states, teams are required to:

  • Assemble teams comprised of stakeholders who are committed to addressing the education, compensation and retention issues facing the early education workforce in their states;
  • Create strategic action plans including goals, measures of achievement, strategies and action steps; and
  • Work toward implementing their goals.

To support states in this initiative, the Center provides technical support and resources to assist teams including webinars, newsletters, links to up to date research, team leader meetings and national Summits that bring all state teams together for two days of learning, sharing information and moving forward with their action plans.

Compensation Presentations