Research Report

Early Childhood Educator Compensation in the Washington Region

This study examines the compensation of early childhood educators in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. It documents the low hourly wages of early childhood educators in center-based, family child care, and school settings. It considers costs, benefits, and potential strategies associated with increasing educator compensation to achieve parity with public school kindergarten teachers. It speaks to the ongoing debate over addressing persistently low compensation in the field as part of a broader strategy of professionalizing the workforce and improving quality across diverse early learning settings.